legal theory

Court of Equity

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryCourts that handle lawsuits requesting remedies other than monetary damages, such as writs, injunctions, and specific performance. Such courts existed, separate from courts of law, under English common...

Criminal Intent

The intention to commit a crime.

Criminal Law

Overview

Criminal law, as distinguished from civil law, is a system of laws concerned with punishment of individuals who commit crimes. Thus, where in a civil case two individuals dispute their rights, a criminal prosecution involves the government...

Critical Legal Theory

Overview

Critical legal studies (CLS) is a theory which states that the law is necessarily intertwined with social issues, particularly stating that the law has inherent social biases. Proponents of CLS believe that the law supports the interests of...

Culpability

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: culpable

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Culpable

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySufficiently responsible for criminal acts or negligence to be at fault and liable for the conduct.

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De Facto

Definition

An action taken without strict legal authority to do so, but recognized as legally valid nonetheless.

See De Facto Corporation

De Facto Corporation

Definition

Legal recognition of a corporation, even if the articles of incorporation for a corporation are not properly filed. To be granted de facto corporation status, there must be: a relevant incorporation statute, a good faith attempt to comply...

De Facto Law

A typical practice that is not specifically enumerated by law

De Jure

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary(deh jur ay) Latin for according to the law. Compare: de facto

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