THE LEGAL PROCESS

Suppression

In a criminal case, most evidence gathered in violation of the Constitution is inadmissible at trial, due to the exclusionary rule. Evidence that has been kept out in this manner is said to have been “suppressed.”

suppression of evidence

1) A judge may "supress" evidence (or not allow it in the trial) because it is inadmissible for some reason. This is proper and permissible.

2) A prosecutor in a criminal case who "supresses" evidence if they hide or withhold it. This is...

Supreme Court

1. The highest court in a jurisdiction (e.g., Supreme Court of the United States or Supreme Court of California).

2. A lower court in a jurisdiction, whose name is a product of history and not indicative of any higher appellate power. (e.g.,...

surplusage

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryLanguage in a legal document that is irrelevant or has no legal effect and therefore can be ignored.

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surrebuttal

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryIn written or oral legal argument, the moving party's response to the responding party's rebuttal to the initial argument.

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surrogate court

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: probate court

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surveillance

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe act of observing persons or groups either with notice or their knowledge (overt surveillance) or without their knowledge (covert surveillance). Intrusive surveillance by private citizens may give rise...

Suspect classification

Definition

Suspect classification refers to a class of individuals that have been historically subject to discrimination.

Overview

Under Equal Protection, when a statute discriminates against an individual based on a suspect classification, that...

suspended sentence

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA criminal sentence that is not enforced unless the defendant fails to meet conditions imposed by the judge (such as a requirement to make restitution to victims or perform certain services) or commits...

suspension of deportation

Suspension of deportation is a statutory remedy that permits an immigration judge to grant discretionary relief from deportation to any alien in deportation proceedings who can show seven years continuous presence, good moral character, and that...

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