judicial administration

Administrative Office of the United States Courts

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) is an administrative agency that is the central support entity for the judicial branch providing a wide range of administrative, legal, financial, management, program, and information...

Article III

Refers to Article III of the Constitution, the section of the Constitution that authorizes a federal court system. This provides that federal courts have judicial power over all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution, laws, or treaties...

Associate Justice

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAny U.S. Supreme Court Justice, other than the Chief Justice.

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At Issue Memorandum

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA document that states that all parties to a case have been served, that the parties disagree (or are "at issue") over one or more points that need to be resolved at trial, and how much time the parties...

Bankruptcy court

There are 94 federal judicial districts. Each of these handle bankruptcy matters. In almost every district, bankruptcy courts hear bankruptcy cases and bankruptcy cases cannot be filed in state court. Bankruptcy laws help debtors who can no longer...

Calendar

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) The list of cases to be called for trial before a particular court. 2) To set and give a date and time for a case, petition, or motion to be heard by a court.

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Calendar Call

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA hearing at which cases are scheduled for trial or hearing. In general, numerous cases will be set for a calendar call at the same time, and the judge overseeing the hearing schedules each of them based...

Caption

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA heading required on all pleadings (court documents), listing the name and contact information of the lawyer or self-represented party, identifying the court in which the case is filed, and stating the...

Case Law

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe law based on judicial opinions (including decisions that interpret statutes), as opposed to law based on statutes, regulations, or other sources. Also refers to the collection of reported judicial...

Case of First Impression

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA court case that presents a new question or issue for legal interpretation (or at least new within that court's jurisdiction). For example, the question may concern recently passed or rarely used...

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