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  • modification

    A change or alteration, like modification of a sentence (where the terms of punishment for a defendant are changed) or of a probation order (where a new probation order is issued changing the terms of...

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  • money judgment

    A specific amount of money awarded by the court to a person as payment for damages (losses or injuries) suffered....

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  • moot

    A point or question related to a legal case that usually has no practical importance or relevance to the case. A moot point is a point that can't be resolved by the judge, is not disputed by either si...

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  • motion

    An oral or written request that a party makes to the court for a ruling or an order on a particular point. A "motion to reduce bail" asks the court to lower the amount of bail needed to release the de...

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  • motion to quash service of summons

    A legal response that a tenant can file in an unlawful detainer lawsuit if the tenant believes that the landlord did not properly serve the summons and complaint....

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  • multistate employer

    An organization that hires and employs people in 2 or more states. A multistate employer does business in each state, and its employees must pay taxes in the state where they work....

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  • multistate financial institution data match (MSFIDM)

    Process that matches the financial accounts in more than 1 state with parents that owe child support. States submit data on parents that owe support to the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). ...

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  • municipal court

    Before the Trial Court Unification Act of 1998, there were municipal courts in judicial districts that had more than 40,000 people. Municipal courts heard these kinds of cases: (1) cases asking for le...

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  • murder

    The unlawful killing of a person by another with premeditated malice, either expressed (said) or implied (suggested). (See also homicide; compare with manslaughter.)...

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  • negligence

    When someone fails to be as careful as the law requires to protect the rights and property of others....

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  • neutral evaluation

    When a neutral person (or persons) hears brief written and oral presentations, then considers the strengths and weaknesses of each side's contentions and evidence, and offers an overall evaluation of ...

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  • new hire reporting

    A program that requires all employers to report newly hired employees to the State Directory of New Hires (SDNH) in their state. This data is submitted to the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH), a...

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  • nolo contendere

    No contest; from the Latin for "I do not wish to contend." A plea of nolo contendere has the same effect on a criminal sentence as a plea of guilty, but may not be taken as an admission of guilt for a...

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  • noncustodial parent (NCP)

    The parent that does not have primary care, custody, or control of a child. (See also custodial parent.)...

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  • nonfeasance

    Failure to perform an act that you are legally responsible for.(Compare malfeasance, misfeasance.)...

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