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  • pro bono

    Legal work done for free; from the Latin meaning "for the good."...

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  • procedure

    The rules for conducting a lawsuit. There are rules of civil procedure, criminal procedure, evidence, bankruptcy, and appellate procedure....

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  • proceedings

    Generally, the process of conducting judicial business before a court or other judicial officer. A "proceeding" refers to any 1 of the separate steps in that process, like, a motion, a hearing....

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  • process

    A course of proceedings in a lawsuit. "Process" also can mean a legal paper that requires a defendant to answer a complaint or to accept a default judgment....

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  • process server

    A person that serves court papers on a party to a lawsuit. (See also personal service, service of process, substituted service.)...

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  • pro hac vice

    The status of a lawyer that gets special permission to try 1 case in California because he or she is licensed to practice law in another state....

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  • promissory note

    A written document that says that a person promises to pay money to another....

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  • pronouncement of judgment

    When the judge formally issues a judgment in a case....

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  • proof

    Evidence that tends to establish the existence or truth of a fact at issue in a case....

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  • proof of service

    The form filed with the court that proves that court papers were formally served on (delivered to) a party in a court action on a certain date. (See also service of process.)...

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  • pro per

    An short form of "in propria persona." Refers to persons that present their own cases in court without lawyers; from the Latin for "in one's own proper person." (See also pro se.)...

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  • pro se

    Refers to persons that present their own cases in court without lawyers; from the Latin for "on one's own behalf."...

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  • prosecute

    To charge someone with a crime and then try them for it in court. A prosecutor (also called "prosecuting attorney") tries a criminal case on behalf of the government....

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  • prosecuting attorney

    A public officer that prosecutes criminal cases on behalf of the state; sometimes referred to as "district attorney."...

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  • pro tem judge

    A lawyer that volunteers his or her time to hear and decide cases. Also called a "temporary judge."...

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