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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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DECLARATION OF DIVIDEND

the decision made by a board of directors to pay the stockholders a dividend for each share that they hold.

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DAMAGES AT LARGE

the award that there is no exact measurement for such as that for pain and suffering.

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DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER

the phrase that describes the slander or libel that has been printed or spoken that hurts a person’s reputation and character.

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DIVORCE SUIT

court contest between a couple who are divorced where one party is the defendant and the other is the plaintiff.

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DRAM SHOP ACT

law holding the seller of intoxicating beverages liable when he serves drinks to a party that results in harm to the party.

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DEBAUCHERY

a term with several meanings used to describe sensual acts that are in excess of normal behaviour.

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DISABILITY TOTAL AND PERMANENT

an incapacity that totally prevents a person and continues to prevent them carrying out the duties of his job.

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DETERMINATION OF DEATH

the death when there are no vital signs seen to be present.

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DELIBERATE SPEED

This term means that the law or a regulation needs to be maintained or instituted without delay.

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DANGEROUS PER SE

the term given to something that is dangerous and can cause injury without any human intervention.

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DISCUMBERMENT

the term that applies to the freeing of a property from its lien.

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DISCRETION OF THE COURT

the judgement of the court that gives it the privilege to decide issues where there are no governing legal rulings.

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DIPSOMANIA

the term meaning the uncontrollable addiction to alcohol or a mental illness featuring habitual intoxication.

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DEFENSE FRIVOLOUS

the term that is given to a defense that is quite obviously a pretense.

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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.

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