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  • oral argument

    The part of a trial when lawyers summarize their position in court and also answer the judge's questions....

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  • order

    (1) Decision of a judicial officer ; (2) a directive of the court, on a matter relating to the main proceedings, that decides a preliminary point or directs some steps in the proceedings. Generally us...

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  • Order to Appear for Examination

    A court order telling the judgment debtor to come to court on a specified date and time to answer questions about his or her property and sources of income. Also called a "debtor's examination."...

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  • ordinance

    A regulation made by a local government to enforce, control, or limit certain activities....

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  • own recognizance (OR)

    When a person is released from custody and not required to pay bail because of his or her promise to come to court to answer a criminal charge. If the defendant does not return to court when promised,...

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  • panel

    (1) In appellate cases, a group of judges (usually 3) that decide the case; (2) in the jury selection process, the group of potential jurors; (3) the list of attorneys that are available AND qualified...

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  • pardon

    When the chief executive of a state or country releases a convicted person from the punishment given him or her by a court sentence....

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  • Parentage (parental relationship)

    A legal determination of who the parents of a child are....

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  • Parenting classes

    Classes that help parents focus on the needs of their children and give parents information to provide a nurturing non-threatening home environment. Sometimes the court may order one or both parents t...

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  • Parenting Plan

    A detailed custody and visitation agreement that says when the child will be with each parent and how decisions are made. The parenting plan may be developed by the parents, through mediation, with th...

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  • parole

    A conditional release from prison that allows the person being released to serve the rest of the sentence out of prison if all conditions of release are met....

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  • partner support

    In family law, court-ordered support of a registered domestic partner or ex-partner....

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  • party

    One of the litigants in a court case. At the trial level, the parties are typically called the "plaintiff" or "petitioner" and the "defendant" or "respondent." On appeal, parties are called the "appel...

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  • Passport Denial Program

    The names of obligors that owe $5,000 or more in child support are sent to the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement for tax refund offset and to the U.S. Department of State to indicate that a ...

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  • paternity

    Legal determination of fatherhood. Paternity must be determined before a court can order child support or medical support. Also called parentage or parental relationship....

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