Legal Articles

Bodily Injury Liability Coverage

A type of auto insurance coverage wherein the insurer will cover the cost of bodily harm caused by the policyholder deemed at fault in an accident.

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Blue Book

A shortened name for the “Kelley Blue Book,” which publishes the values of used vehicles.

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Benchmark Rate

A government-set auto insurance rate used in Canada. An insurance company that sets its rates within a certain range of the benchmark rate does not need government approval to use those rates.

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BOARD OF SPECIAL INQUIRY

the board that is set up by the commissioner of immigration in order to investigate all matters concerning immigration.

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BUILDING LOAN

a loan given to a person to enable them to erect a building.

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BENEFIT THEORY

the theory that if you back out of an agreement you must see to it that the other party does not suffer from it.

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BREAKING A WILL

the term that applies to contesting a will and being successful in overturning its validity.

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BINDING

Something that is obligatory or a thing that is required.

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BODY OF THE OFFENSE

the phrase that means that the crime charged has been committed by a person.

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BIRTH CERTIFICATE

the certificate that is filed with the right authorities when a child is born that records the date and place of birth and the parent’s names etc. 

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BORN ALIVE

This term applies to a small and newly delivered child with a heartbeat but does not establish a regular breathing and dies within minutes of being born.

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BILL OF EVIDENCE

the transcript of the testimony that is given at a trial. The material is gathered from stenographer’s notes.

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BREACH OF PEACE

This term applies to the creating of a public disturbance with loud noises, riotous and unsocial behaviour.

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BLOOD FEUD

the ongoing hostility that exists between 2 families that often results in violent attacks against each other.

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BESEECH

term used to ask for something; to implore; or to seek eagerly.

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BATTERED CHILD

This term applies to a child who has been injured as a result of being beaten by a parent.

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BASIC PATENT

the patent in a new field that is often of great importance and is recognised by the scientific community.

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BENCH TRIAL

the trial where the judge will find the facts and also apply the law instead of letting a jury decide the law.

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BENCH LEGISLATION

the decisions of a judge that are contrary to the law and that should have been left to state or federal legislative governments to decide.

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BOGUS

Anything that is phony or fictitious.

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