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Category: P

PRECEDING ESTATE

the term that is used for the previous estate that a future interest is restricted.

PUBLIC RULING

the term that is used for a ruling that will affect the entire general public.

PAROLE SYSTEM

term used for the system where a prisoner with indeterminate sentences are paroled.

PRIVATE WRONG

a wrong that has been committed against one or a few people and not one committed against the entire community.

PLEA OF LIMITATIONS

a plea in answer to a charge that tries to get the state’s protection of a statute of limitations.

PROFFER

a term that is used for an offer or to offer.

PURGING A TORT

this is a term for condemning yourself for committing a wrong and assuming responsibility for it and then correcting it.

PRESUMPTIONS MIXED

the term used for the inferences and assumptions that are recognised by law due to their frequent occurrence, importance and believability.

POST-TRIAL MOTIONS

a term that is used for the motions that are made in court after a trial has ended.

PAYABLE TO CASH

a phrase that is used in referring to a promissory note that is endorsed in blank by the maker and creates a document that is payable to the bearer.

POSSESSION VACANT

The term given to property that has been abandoned and vacated by a person who had possession of it.

PETIT LARCENY

a term for taking another person’s property unlawfully where the value of the property is not large.

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