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DAY FIXED FOR TRIAL

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

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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.

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DESIGNATION OF BENEFICIARY

the phrase denoting the person who will benefit from a policy when the policy holder dies.

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DRACONIAN LAW

term that relates to a very harsh or severe law.

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DEMURRER TO INTERROGATORY

when a witness will object to a question asked of him and offer reasons why he won’t reply.

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DELIBERATE AND PREMEDITATED

This phrase describes and act that is planned and has been considered before being carried out.

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DOMINANT ESTATE

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

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DUE PROOF

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

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DIRECT CAUSE

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

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DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID (DNA)

the substance that contains all of our genetic material and is found in all living cells.

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DEVISE AND GRANT

a phrase in a will, that shows the transfer of title and property to an heir.

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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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