SS.7.C.2.5 VOCAB

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appellate process
the process of asking a higher court to decide whether a trial was conducted properly
ex post facto law
a law that makes an act a crime after the crime has been committed
individual rights
rights guaranteed or belonging to a person
safeguard
to protect
habeas corpus
the principle that the government has to provide a cause or reason for holding a person in jail
independent judiciary
the principle that decisions from the courts are fair and impartial and are not influenced by the other branches of government
precedent
a court decision in an earlier case with facts and legal issues similar to those in a case currently before a court
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