evidence - Evidence in the
form of testimony from a witness who actually saw, heard, or touched the subject of interrogation.
examination - The first
questioning of a witness by the attorney for the party on whose behalf the witness is called. Usually proceeds with
open ended, non leading questions.
verdict - In civil cases in
which there is insufficient basis for any other conclusion, the judge may direct the jury to render a specific
verdict. Criminal defendants may also ask the court to rule in their favor rather than submitting the case to the
- The process through which parties to an
action are allowed to obtain relevant information known to other parties or nonparties before
prejudice - A dismissal which
permits the plaintiff to sue again on the same cause of action or the state to proceed again. Dismissal with
prejudice bars the right to subsequently bring an action on the same cause.
disposition - The order of a Juvenile Court determining what is
to be done with a minor already adjudged to be within the court's jurisdiction. In criminal or civil cases, the
settlement of a case.
report - In Juvenile Court, a
written report relating to the child's mental, physical, and social history, submitted by the juvenile probation
department or other designated agency to assist the judge in determining a proper disposition.
- A term commonly used to denote the
disagreement of one or more judges of a court of appeals with the decision of the majority.
- Procedures for handling relatively
insignificant juvenile problems informally, without referral to Juvenile Court. In criminal cases, the formal
continuance of a case for a certain length of time, usually a year, with the goal of dismissal if the defendant
meets certain conditions.
- A brief entry or the book containing
such entries of any proceeding in court.
- That place where a person has his true
and permanent home. A person may have several residences, but only one domicile.
jeopardy - Common law and
constitutional prohibition (5th Amendment) against more than one prosecution for the same crime.