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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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DEFERRED SENTENCE

the term that is given to a delayed sentence.

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DEFICIENCY ASSESSMENT

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

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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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DECISION ON THE MERITS

the term that is given to the final court’s decision and will render it impossible for another suit to be brought about by the same person on the same matter.

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DESIGNATION OF BENEFICIARY

the phrase denoting the person who will benefit from a policy when the policy holder dies.

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DRACONIAN LAW

term that relates to a very harsh or severe law.

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DEMURRER TO INTERROGATORY

when a witness will object to a question asked of him and offer reasons why he won’t reply.

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DELIBERATE AND PREMEDITATED

This phrase describes and act that is planned and has been considered before being carried out.

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DOMINANT ESTATE

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

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DUE PROOF

This term applies to the evidence that gives adequate proof that is backed by facts that are incontrovertible.

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DIRECT CAUSE

the phrase that describes the immediate cause of an accident or an injury.

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DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID (DNA)

the substance that contains all of our genetic material and is found in all living cells.

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DEVISE AND GRANT

a phrase in a will, that shows the transfer of title and property to an heir.

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DISCRETIONARY DIVORCE

the name given to a divorce that is granted by the courts own discretion.

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DEBTOR IN POSSESSION

the term given to people or a company that occupies its premises and to conduct business during proceedings of bankruptcy.

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