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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.

DEFENSE COUNSEL

the name that is given to the trial lawyer who is the defendant’s representative.

DAMAGES NOMINAL

The name given to damages that are insignificant and awarded to a plaintiff without a serious loss or injury being sustained.

DELIRIOUS

used to describe a person who has acted irrationally due to lacking awareness of a reasonable action.

DOCUMENTS

the term used to describe papers, instruments, written statements and anything that has been written down.

DISTRIBUTION OF CAPITAL

This means to give the corporation’s assets to the stockholders that deprives the creditors payment of claims.

DISSIPATION OF FUNDS

This term applies to a person with debt who will squander his money and not pay his creditors.

DAMAGES REMOTE

These are the damages that are unexpected and result from the original act and are beyond the control of the party that is negligent.

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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