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legal terminology

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judge
a public official authorized to decide questions bought before a court of law
bailiff
an officer that keeps order in a court
civil trial
a trial involving a disagreement between two or more individuals
criminal trial
a trial to decide charges brought by the state against a person accused of violating a criminal law.
prosecuting attorney
The lawyer representing the state in a criminal trial
attorney
a lawyer
defense attorney
the lawyer representing the defendant
verdict
the decision reached at the end of a trial
witnesses
people who have information that is helpful in a case
jurors
members on a trial jury who judge evidence and determine the verdict in a court case
deliberation
discussion or careful consideration of an issue
opening statements
a brief outline of what the defendant and the plaintiff will try to prove.
closing arguments
It is a summary of the case presented in a way to convince the jury that his version of the story is correct.
cross examination
Questioning of a witness during a trial by the party opposed to the one who produced the witness.
deposition
The testimony of a witness made under oath but not in open court
objections
when a lawyer from one side of the case feels evidence or testimony should not be allowed or questioning does not follow rules of the courtroom
defendant
an individual or group being sued or charged with a crime
sue
to make a claim against somebody in court about something that they have said or done to harm you; bring a legal case against someone
overruled
to rule or decide against
sustained
admit as valid