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Administrative Procedure Act

Definition

A federal statute that governs the procedures and practices of administrative law.

§ 3 of the APA, 5 USC § 552, addresses the procedural formalities that agencies must employ when making decisions. There is a distinction made...

Administrative Procedure Act (APA)

The Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 USC §500, et seq., establishes the governing framework of administrative law. It provides the procedures executive agencies can use to make rules and regulations, and the standards that court can use to review...

Admiralty

Admiralty: An Overview

Admiralty law or maritime law is the distinct body of law (both substantive and procedural) governing navigation and shipping. Topics associated with this field in legal reference works may include: shipping; navigation; waters;...

Admissible Evidence

Definition

Evidence that is formally presented before the trier of fact (i.e., the judge or jury) to consider in deciding the case. The trial court judge determines whether or not the evidence may be proffered. To be admissible in court, the...

Admission

Definition

1) A person's, in particular a party's, statement acknowledging that a certain fact is true or silence after another party's assertion of a fact that, if false, would typically elicit a denial. 2) Admission by a party-opponent: an out-of-...

Admission Against Interest

Definition

An out-of-court statement by a party that, when uttered, is against the party's pecuniary, proprietary, or penal interest and that is admissible under both an exclusion (admission by a party-opponent) and an exception (statement against...

Admission of Guilt

Definition

An accused's oral or written statement acknowledging that he or she has committed a criminal offense.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Libretti v. U.S., 516 U.S. 29 (1995).

See alsoAdmissionConfessionGuiltyPlea

Admission to Practice

Bar Admissions: An Overview

Admission to the practice of law (admission to the bar of a state) is governed by rules and regulations promulgated solely by a state's courts, legislatures, and/or bar association. The rules must not violate the...

Admit

Definition

1) To state that a certain fact is true. 2) In a civil case, to state that a plaintiff's allegation is true. If a defendant admits an allegation, the plaintiff need not prove it at trial. 3) In a criminal case, to state that a certain fact is...

Adopt

1) To vote to accept or to accept (As in to adopt a resolution)

2) To form a legal parent-child relationship with a child that is not previously yours. See Adoption.

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