THE LEGAL PROCESS

substitution of parties

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA replacement of one of the parties in a lawsuit because of events that prevent the party from continuing with the trial. For example, substitution of parties may occur when one party dies or, in the case...

Subsume

To bring a specific occurrence within a broad rule. When a court subsumes a case, it decides that it fits within an established analytical framework. From there, the court plugs each relevant fact of the case into the broad rule and obtains its...

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...

successive sentences

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryIn criminal law, when a defendant has been convicted of more than one crime, the judge's ruling that the sentences for each conviction will be served one after the other, rather than at the same time (...

sufficient cause

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: good cause

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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...

suicide

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe intentional killing of oneself.

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suit

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

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sum certain

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn amount that is directly stated in a contract or negotiable instrument (like a promissory note) at the time the document is written. For example, "I agree to pay you $500 for painting my living room."...

summary adjudication

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA court order ruling that certain factual issues are already determined prior to trial, based on a motion by one of the parties, supported by evidence, contending that these issues are settled and need...

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