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Strict scrutiny

Overview

Strict scrutiny is a form of judicial review that courts use to determine the constitutionality of certain laws. Strict scrutiny is often used by courts when a plaintiff sues the government for discrimination. To pass strict scrutiny, the...

submit

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryTo finish presenting evidence or an argument in a hearing or trial and give the matter over to the judge for a decision.

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substitution

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryPutting one person or thing in the place of another. For example, a substitution of parties takes place when a new party is named to take the place of a party who has died or is otherwise unable to...

substitution of attorney

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA document in which a party to a lawsuit states that his or her attorney is being replaced by another attorney or by the party acting in propria persona. (See also: substitution)

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success billing

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA method for lawyers to bill clients that is based on how the lawyer solves the client's problem, instead of the number of hours the lawyer spends working on it. For example, if a lawyer represents a...

sui generis

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary(soo-ee jen-ris) Latin for of its own kind, and used to describe a form of legal protection that exists outside typical legal protections -- that is, something that is unique or different. In intellectual...

summation

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe final argument of an attorney at the close of a trial in which he or she attempts to convince the judge or jury of the virtues of the client's case. (See also: closing argument)

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supplemental

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryCompleting or making an addition to, particularly to a document -- for example, a supplemental complaint, supplemental claim, or supplemental proceeding.

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Supplemental Pleadings

A pleading that sets forth transactions or occurrences or events which happened since the date of the pleading, with the purpose of supplementing it. The court may permit these through motion. Even if the original pleading was defective, it may still...

surplusage

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryLanguage in a legal document that is irrelevant or has no legal effect and therefore can be ignored.

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