THE LEGAL PROCESS

speaking demurrer

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn attempt to introduce new evidence during a hearing on a demurrer. Because a demurrer is an argument that assumes all of the facts in the challenged pleading are correct, evidence outside of the...

spear phishing

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

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special administrator

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) A person appointed by acourt to take charge of only a designated portion of an estate during probate. For example, a special administrator with particular expertise on art might be appointed to oversee...

special appearance

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) The personal attendance in court of a party or attorney for the sole purpose of arguing that the court does not have personal jurisdiction over that party. If the party or attorney instead makes a "...

special circumstances

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryIn criminal cases, particularly homicides, actions of the accused or the situation under which the crime was committed for which state statutes allow or require imposition of a more severe punishment. "...

Special master

A "special master" is appointed by a court to carry out some sort of action on its behalf. Theoretically, a "special master" is distinguished from a "master". A master's function is essentially investigative, compiling evidence or documents to inform...

special prosecutor

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn attorney from outside of the government selected by the Attorney General or Congress to investigate and possibly prosecute a federal government official for wrongdoing in office. The theory behind...

Special verdict

A verdict in which the jury gives its findings on factual issues in the case, without necessarily stating which party should win. The judge decides what questions the jury should answer, and the judge can draw legal implications from the jury's...

specials

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: special damages

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specific finding

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA decision on a fact made by a jury in its verdict at the judge's request. Often the judge gives a jury a list of decisions to be made on specific findings of fact to help the jurors focus on the issues....

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