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Beyond a reasonable doubt
evidence that is almost an absolute certainty that a person did commit a crime
relationships between individuals or between individuals and the government, which are not criminal
Class action lawsuit
filed by one or more people on behalf of a larger group of people who are all affected by the same situation
capable of making a decision without mental confusion due to drugs, alcohol, or other reasons
inviolable rights, privileges, or immunities secured and protected for each citizen
enforceable promises and agreements between two or more persons to do or not to do a particular thing
court action is brought by the government against a person or groups of people accused of committing a crime, resulting in a fine or imprisonment if found guilty
defamation of character
making false and/or malicious statements about another person; includes libel and slander
the illegal taking of property, usually money, by a person entrusted with its possession
a medical practitioner who has special knowledge about a subject and gives testimony about that subject in court, usually for a fee
when a person has been intentionally or deliberately injured by another-assault, battery, false imprisonment
any publication in print, writing, pictures, or signs that injures the reputation of another person
less serious offenses that felonies; punishable by fines or imprisonment of up to one year; traffic violations and disturbing the peace
a person or group of people suing another person or group of people; the person who instigates the lawsuit
speaking false and malicious words concerning another person that brings injury to his or her reputation
subpoena duces tecum
"under penalty take with you" latin phrase-court order to appear in court and bring certain records
judge's ruling to end a lawsuit without a trial based on a matter of law presented in pleadings
a civil injury, or wrongful act, committed against another person or property that results in harm and is compensated in money damages
such as negligence, occur when the patient is injured as a result of the healthcare professional's not exercising the ordinary standard of care
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