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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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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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DECISION ON APPEAL

what the decision of an appellate court is called. It may uphold or modify or reverse the decision of the lower court.

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DISTRICT COURT

the term given to a court of the federal government that has jurisdiction over a set geographical area.

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DISMISSAL COMPENSATION

money paid to an employee when they are dismissed that is in addition to wages owed.

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DUPLICITOUS

This used to describe a plea combining 2 or more grounds of action to gain a single decision.

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DEMURRER TO INDICTMENT

the objection to an indictment that is based on a problem of defect in the indictment.

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DUE AND PROPER CARE

This term applies to the taking care and being diligent to prevent an accident.

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DAMAGES ACTUAL

This the money that is awarded to the complainant that is equal to the actual injury or loss. See damages, compensatory.

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DIRECT EVIDENCE

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

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DIRECT INJURY

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

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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 example of a conflict created by the division of powers between the state and federal governments with state laws legalizing the drug conflicting with the federal criminal laws banning its use.

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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.

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DEMENTIA PRAECOX

This term is applied to a form of mental illness seen in young people that have a split personality.

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DISABILITY INSURANCE

an insurance policy that pays workers absent from work due to an injury or illness.

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