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  • marital settlement agreement

    In a dissolution of marriage, legal separation, or annulment, a stipulated judgment will often include a marital settlement agreement (MSA). A marital settlement agreement is a written contract betwee...

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  • marshal

    A peace officer that has the power to arrest, to serve legal papers in civil cases and subpoenas and to act as bailiff in the courtroom....

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  • mayhem

    Unlawfully and violently depriving a person of a part of his or her body or disabling, disfiguring, or making it useless (includes injury to eyes, tongue, nose, ears, etc.)....

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  • mediation

    A process in which a neutral person (or people) helps people who have a dispute to communicate so they can reach an agreement. (Compare arbitration, neutral evaluation.) Click for more information on ...

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  • medical support

    Kind of child support where medical or dental insurance coverage is paid by a parent. Depending on the court order, medical support can be that parent's only financial obligation, or the parent may al...

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  • memorandum of costs

    see memorandum of credits, accrued interest, and costs after judgment....

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  • memorandum of credits, accrued interest, and costs after judgment

    In small claims court, a form used to get back your costs for collecting your judgment....

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  • memorandum to set

    A paper filed by 1 or more parties in a court case saying the case is ready for trial. (See also at-issue memorandum.)...

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  • minor

    A person under the age of 18 years. (See also juvenile.)...

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  • minutes

    The official (permanent) record of a court proceeding, that tells things like what witnesses appeared, what motions were made, and what findings were reached. (See also transcript.)...

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  • minute order

    The courtroom clerk's written minutes of court proceedings. A minute order is done when a trial judge sits officially, with or without a court reporter, and a clerk keeps minutes of the court session....

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  • Miranda warning

    Refers to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that says when a person is arrested or questioned by police, he or she must first be told about certain rights against self-incrimination (saying something that...

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  • misdemeanor

    A crime that can be punished by up to 1 year in jail. (See also felony.)...

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  • misfeasance

    Improper performance of an act that may have been lawfully done. (Compare malfeasance, nonfeasance.)...

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  • mistrial

    A trial that has been ended and declared void (of no legal effect) due to prejudicial error in the proceedings or other extraordinary circumstances....

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