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Allied School of Court Reporting


the state of giving consent by failing to make objections


to exercise power without due authority

burden of proof

means proof of the material facts by a preponderance of the evidence



onus probandi

means the burden of proof

charge to the jury

sets forth the principles of law governing the lawsuit in progress, and it is delivered by the presiding judge

jury instructions or charge

given by the judge, to the jury, after a case has been presented and before they reach a verdict

dynamite charge

a lecture given by a judge to a jury that is having trouble agreeing on a verdict

hung jury

petit jury that cannot agree upon a verdict

directed verdict

given by the Court, for the defendant, when the evidence clearly does not support the plaintiff's side of the case

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