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DETENTION OF PATIENT

the action where a patient is kept in the confines of a institution of hospital for their well-being.

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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.

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DEMURRER TO PLEA

the method used by a plaintiff that will test the adequacy of a defendants answer to charges.

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DEFENSE COUNSEL

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

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DAMAGES NOMINAL

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

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DELIRIOUS

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

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DOCUMENTS

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

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DEFECTIVE MENTALLY

a phrase that means to have subnormal intelligence.

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DISTRIBUTION OF CAPITAL

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

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DISSIPATION OF FUNDS

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

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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.

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DEFERRED SENTENCE

the term that is given to a delayed sentence.

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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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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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