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DISMISSAL OF JUDGMENT

when a case has been dismissed without a judgement.

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DIRECT VERDICT

the situation where a judge directs a jury to what the verdict should be.

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DAMAGES COMPENSATORY

The award that will cover a loss and not a thing more.

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DILIGENT

a word that means to be concerned, eager to carry out a responsible act, untiring

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DISREGARDING CORPORATE ENTITY

a term where the people who make up a corporation are treated the same as the corporation.

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DEFAMATION OF THE DEAD

the term given to the slander or libel of a person who is dead.

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DEPENDENT RELATIVE REVOCATION

the doctrine that states an old will shall stand whether the person had the intention of making a new will and didn’t.

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DESEGREGATION

the term that removes the barriers that are based on concepts of racism.

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DULY SWORN

This means to have sworn under oath by a person who administers oaths.

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DELINQUENCY PROCEEDING

the action that takes place in a juvenile court when a child is placed under the court’s jurisdiction.

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DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (DWI)

This term is used to describe a person who is behind the wheel of a vehicle and is driving on public roads while under the influence of alcohol.

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DUMMY CORPORATION

This term is given to a company that functions as a legal enterprise but really has nor purpose at all in the corporation.

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DECISION RESERVED

This term applies to judges decision that is not made at the end of the testimony but is kept till a later date.

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DUAL CITIZENSHIP

the status a person can have when he is claimed by 2 countries to be a citizen and can travel on 2 passports.

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DIVISION OF FEES

This can be an ethical or an unethical practice depending on how it is done. An attorney will divide fees among all joint attorneys, ethical, but it is unethical when the attorney has solicited business for another attorney.

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DERIVATIVES

the term used to describe the contracts that are based on the underlying financial markets.

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DEAD BODY RIGHT TO BURY OR CREMATE

A term used in medical jurisprudence where it needs to be ascertained how a person has died before they can be cremated or buried.

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DISSOLUTE

This term is given to a person with no regard for the social standards expected of him and he behaves in a lewd, immoral and unrestrained way.

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DEGREE OF PROOF

the measure and the extent of evidence in a case and is the major factor in determining guilty or not guilty.

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DOWER BY COMMON LAW

A¬†law in some states where a widow has the right to one-third of her husband’s land.

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