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Category: D

DEFICIENCY ASSESSMENT

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

DAY FIXED FOR TRIAL

the term that is given for the day that a summons to be appear in court must be answered.

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.

DOMINANT ESTATE

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

DUE PROOF

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

DIRECT CAUSE

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

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.

DEBTOR IN POSSESSION

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

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.

DISTRICT COURT

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

DUPLICITOUS

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

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