15 terms

Vocab Unit Thirteen, Legal Language

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adjudicate
to act as judge; to settle a case by judicial process
appellate
having the power to hear appeals and reverse lower court decisions
collusion
a secret agreement for fraudulent purpose; conspiracy
deposition
statement by a witness for use in court; testimony under oath
equity
fairness; something just and impartial
exhume
to disinter; dig up out of the earth
incommunicado
without means of communication, as in solitary confinement
intestate
having no valid will; one who dies without a legal will
ipso facto
by the very fact itself
lien
to take property as security or payment of debt
litigation
legal action or process
perjury
deliberate giving of false or incomplete testimony
pettifogger
quibbling unscrupulous lawyer; shyster
tort
a wrongful act NOT involving breach of contract for which a civil suit can be brought
tribunal
a seat or court of justice