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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 a jury to prove what are, up to that point, probably nothing more than unproven allegations. Much of the evidence presented at a […]

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Driving Record

A motorist’s history of moving violations and accidents kept by the department of motor vehicles in each state.

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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.

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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.

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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 refer to any particular arrangement of words and phrases, it is often used to imply a person’s or organization’s use of an elevated, distinctive, or even abstruse way of speaking or writing. An eloquent public speaker, for example, may be said to have “excellent diction.” Diction is also often used as a synonym for phraseology. Phraseology, however, usually refers to the specialized language used within certain professional, technical, and/or scientific communities. Legal phraseology (sometimes referred to in non-standard speech as “legalese”), for example, is a specialized form of diction used by lawyers, judges, legislators, and other individuals working within the legal community. Likewise, a legal document, such as a will, business contract, or piece of legislation, would also employ legal phraseology.

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DEADLOCKED JURY

the term that is given to a jury that is unabke to come to a decision.

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DAMAGES EXEMPLARY

These are the damages that are greater than the loss but is not able to be measured because the wrong was aggravated by violence or fraud.

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DELECTUS PERSONAE

a Latin phrase where the right of one partner is to approve or disapprove of a new partner.

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DECREE OF INTERPLEADER

the decree that orders the rival claimants in a suit to litigate between themselves and determine who is entitled to claim.

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DESIGN TO KILL

the phrase that means to premeditate or to think out a plan for a murder.

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DEPENDENT BILL

the action of a court of equity that relates to a matter that has already been decided. Also known as bill not original.

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DEALING

the term that applies to the buying and selling of something.

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DUE REGARD

This means to give a fair consideration to and give sufficient attention to all of the facts.

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DISCHARGE OF PATIENT AGAINST ADVICE

This occurs when a patient releases themselves from hospital against the wishes of their physician.

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DUE DATE

The date that a debt will fall due on.

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DISENCUMBRANCE

the term that applies to releasing from a burden like a mortgage.

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DISTORT

This means to give a false meaning to something and to misrepresent.

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DEPLETION DEDUCTION

a special tax deduction that is given to the owners of mineral deposits.

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DAMAGES SPECULATIVE

These are the damages that are to be anticipated sometime in the future from acts that are similar to that of the negligent party.

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DISTURBANCE OF REPOSE

the phrase that means to remove a body from a grave that is not authorised.

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