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AISNE

the first born child in a family.

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ABJURATION

Taking an oath that will give up a right already had such as pledging an allegiance to a new country by giving up the right of allegiance to another country.

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APPORTION

This means to distribute the portions of something such as rights to something, land or shares.

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ANALYTICAL JURISPRUDENCE

a philosophy of law resulting from analysing and comparing many legal concepts and does not depend upon any one theory or existing principles or laws.

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AUTHORITY BY ESTOPPEL

This term applies to apparent authority and not actual authority.

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ABSOLUTE ACCEPTANCE

The unqualified and the total agreement in accepting a liability or a responsibility.

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ACKNOWLEDGED INSTRUMENT

The document that is recognised formally before an authorised official. The person who acknowledges the instrument says that it is authentic and has been executed freely and voluntarily.

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ACCESSORY TO A CRIME

Any person connected to a crime before or after it has happened, but was not present when the crime was committed. See aid and abet.

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ALIAS SUBPOENA

the second subpoena that is issued after the original subpoena failed to accomplish the purpose of it.

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ALIENATION OF AFFECTION

This the wrongful act of one person that interferes with the affection one spouse has for the other. This could be one a husband or wife is deprived of the others affection because they have fallen in love with someone else.

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ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO MURDER

This term is used to describe an attack that is carried with malice aforethought and has the intent to kill someone.

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AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOR-CONGRESS OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONS (AFL-CIO)

the organisation that is composed of the 2 largest labour unions in the USA, the American Federation of Labour and the Congress of Industrial Organisations.

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ADDED DAMAGES

Damages that are added on to the amount that is actually due or damages that are added as a punishment for the defendant. Added damages is sometimes called smart money.

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ANTITRUST AFFIDAVIT

In some states of the US this must be filed every year by the corporations doing b business in that state and attests to the fact that are not part of a pool or combination of corporations restraining free trade.

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ABATOR

A person who takes a property before the heir has a chance to get the property.

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AFFECTED WITH A PUBLIC INTEREST

Anything that is of concern to the community or general public.

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AIR PIRACY

The act of forcibly taking over an aircraft. See hijacking.

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ATTACHMENT OF PROPERTY

when the court takes the property and will hold it during the course of the trial. The property is security should the case be decided against the defendant.

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AUTHORIZE

This enables a person to act; it gives the authority for a person to carry out an act.

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AMENDMENT AS OF COURSE

the change in a pleading, the written presentation of a case, that is made in such a manner as to make the court’s permission unnecessary.

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