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What is a Deposition?

An essential element of any civil or criminal court action is the evidence offered by the parties. Evidence is what each side in a dispute must present to either a judge or

Driving Record

A motorist’s history of moving violations and accidents kept by the department of motor vehicles in each state. See, How to Check Your Driving Record: A State-by-State Guide

Driver Improvement Course

Defensive driving education for older drivers that may result in a discount on premiums upon completion. Can also refer to courses imposed on habitual traffic offenders.

Defensive Driver Course

A program of study that teaches safe driving techniques to drivers. Participants may be eligible for discounted premiums on their car insurance.

Diction

Diction can refer to either the words and phrases a person or organization uses through speech or in written materials, or to a person’s enunciation style in oral discourse. While diction can

DEPRESSION REACTIVE

the term given to an emotional depression that has been caused by an external situation and will go away when the situation is cleared up.

DETENTION OF PATIENT

the action where a patient is kept in the confines of a institution of hospital for their well-being.

DERIVATIVE TORT

the court action that is based on the criminal conduct of the defendant against the plaintiff where the plaintiff seeks recompense for injuries.

DEMURRER TO PLEA

the method used by a plaintiff that will test the adequacy of a defendants answer to charges.

DOMINANT ESTATE

This land that has control over and restricts the construction of buildings within a set distance from the boundaries.

DIRECT EVIDENCE

This phrase is the proof and testimony that directly go to an issue at hand.

DIRECT INJURY

This comes from the immediate result of the violation of a right legally.

DIVISION OF POWERS

A system of government in the US where certain powers are given to the federal and state governments. TLD Example: The legalization of certain uses of marijuana in the U.S. is a classic

DEFAMATORY PER SE

This term is given to the written material that is libelous and harmful to a person that it will be the basis for a law suit.

DEFICIENCY ASSESSMENT

the term given when a person needs to pay extra tax on his income as the result of an audit.

DAY FIXED FOR TRIAL

the term that is given for the day that a summons to be appear in court must be answered.

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