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What Are Crimes Against Humanity?

Designating certain acts as “crimes against humanity” can help protect populations, especially civilians, from the worst violations of human rights and dignity. This category encompasses the most egregious acts of individuals, governments,

What Is Imperialism? Definition and a Brief History

What is imperialism? Imperialism involves one country extending its authority over other countries or territories and gaining economic and political control over another country. Imperialism often arises through unprovoked military force and

What Is Legal Aid?

If you need legal guidance but can’t afford to pay full price for an attorney’s help, you may benefit from working with a legal aid society. This guide answers the question, “What

What to Expect When Representing Yourself in Court

Self-representation in court without the assistance of a lawyer is not an uncommon practice. According to the Self-Represented Litigation Network, three out of every five people who file civil cases represent themselves

What Can You Do If a Judge Is Unfair?

One of the mains goals of the U.S. legal system is to treat everyone with fairness and equality. Unfortunately, several factors can impact this goal, resulting in a less-than-fair situation. One of

What Does Disposed Mean In A Court Case?

When a case has been disposed, this means it has been closed. Specific reasons for a case being closed can include dismissal, conviction, admission of guilt, among other reasons. Once a case

What Can You Do at 18 Legally?

Turning 18 is a milestone for any young adult, from gaining legal rights and responsibilities to feeling a newfound sense of freedom and maturity. While it’s an exciting time in any person’s

What Is a Police Welfare Check?

If you have a family member, friend, or neighbor that you are concerned about, it may be time to contact the police to do a welfare check. Whether it is an elderly

How to Write an Affidavit

What Is An Affidavit? An affidavit is a statement made under oath, claiming that a fact – or set of facts – is true to the best of the “affiant’s” knowledge. This sworn

Three Alternatives to the Rule of Law

The rule of law is the legal principle that states that nobody, not even a king, president, or prime minister, is above the law. Rule of law is foundational in many countries,

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