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  • State Case Registry (SCR)

    A database maintained by each state that contains information on individuals in all IV-D cases and all non-IV-D orders established or modified after October 1, 1998. (See also IV-D.)...

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  • State Directory of New Hires (SDNH)

    A database maintained by each state, that contains information about newly hired employees in that state. (See also new hire reporting.)...

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  • State Parent Locator Services (SPLS)

    A unit within each state's child support enforcement agency that locates noncustodial parents to establish and enforce child support obligations, visitation, and custody orders or to establish paterni...

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  • statement of facts

    Any written or oral declaration of facts in a court case....

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  • status offense

    An act, committed by a child, that is illegal only because of the child's age (e.g. truancy, underage drinking, etc.)....

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  • statute

    A law passed by Congress or a state legislature....

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  • :statute of limitations"

    A law that sets the deadline for parties to file suit to enforce their rights. For example, if a state has a 4-year statute of limitations for breach of a written contract, and "John" breached a contr...

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  • statutory damages for malice

    A financial penalty set by law if one of the parties has acted with malice. Malice is conscious, intentional wrongdoing based on ill will, hatred or total disregard for the other's well-being....

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  • stay order

    An order issued by a court stopping court proceedings until a further, specified event takes place....

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  • stipulated judgment

    An agreement between the parties to a case that settles a case. For example, if you and your spouse agree on all the matters about your divorce, you can submit a stipulated judgment to the court. The ...

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  • stipulation

    An agreement relating to a pending court proceeding between parties or their attorneys....

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  • strike

    To delete or remove, as in to strike (a case) from the court's calendar....

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  • sua sponte

    Commonly used to describe when a judge does something without being asked to by either party in a case; from the Latin for "of one's own will."...

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  • sublease

    A separate rental agreement between the original tenant and a new tenant to that rents all or part of the original tenant's unit. The new tenant is called a "subtenant." The agreement between the orig...

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  • subpoena

    An official order to go to court at a stated time. Subpoenas are commonly used to tell witnesses to come to court to testify in a trial. The term subpoena is also used generally to apply to a?subpoena...

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