legal theory

Element

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) An essential requirement necessary to make a claim or defense in court. For example, one element of assault is the intention to cause apprehension of harmful or offensive contact. If there is no...

Elements (of a case)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe component parts of a legal claim or cause of action. To win a lawsuit, a plaintiff must prove every element of a legal claim. For example, here are the elements of a breach of contract claim:There was...

Elements (of a crime)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe component parts of crimes. For example, "robbery" is defined as the taking and carrying away of property of another by force or fear with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property...

Equitable Estoppel

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

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Equitable Relief

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryWhen a court awards a nonmonetary judgment, such as an order to do something (mandamus or specific performance) or refrain from doing something (injunction), when monetary damages are not sufficient to...

Equity

Overview

In law, the term "equity" refers to a particular set of remedies and associated procedures involved with civil law. These equitable doctrines and procedures are distinguished from "legal" ones. While legal remedies typically involve monetary...

Erroneous

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: clearly erroneous

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Error

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary(1) A legal mistake. (2) A mistake of law or fact by a judge or court.

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Estop

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryTo halt, bar, or prevent. (See: estoppel)

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Estoppel

A bar that prevents one from asserting a claim or right that contradicts what one has said or done before, or what has been legally established as true. Estoppel may be used as a bar to the relitigation of issues or as an affirmative defense.

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