THE LEGAL PROCESS

timely

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryWithin the time required by statute, court rules, or contract. For example, if a notice of appeal must be filed within 60 days of the entry of judgment, a notice filed on the 61st day would not be timely...

Traffic Stop

A traffic stop of a vehicle and detention of its occupants is a seizure for Fourth Amendment purposes. A routine traffic stop is justified if the police officer has a reasonable suspicion that the occupant is unlicensed or the vehicle is unregistered...

transcript

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe official written record of all proceedings in a trial, hearing, or deposition, taken down by the court reporter. In most appeals a copy of the trial transcript is required so that the court of appeals...

Transferred intent

Transferred intent is used when a defendant intends to harm one victim, but then unintentionally harms a second victim instead. In this case, the defendant's intent transfers from the intended victim to the actual victim and can be used to satisfy the...

treason

Definition

The offense of betraying one’s own country by attempting to overthrow the government through waging war against the state or materially aiding its enemies. Also termed high treason; alta proditio.

According to the United States...

Trespass

Definition

Trespass is defined by the act of knowingly entering another person’s property without permission.

Overview

For the definition of trespass, the "knowingly entering" requirement refers to the actor's knowledge of the literal act of...

Trial

An adversary proceeding in court that weighs legal claims after a presentation of evidence.

trial court

Definition

A court of original jurisdiction where evidence and testimony are first introduced, received, and considered. Findings of fact and law are made in the trial court, and the findings of law may be appealed to a higher court that has the...

trial de novo

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA trial held on appeal, in which the appeals court holds a trial as if no prior trial had been held, considering the evidence anew rather than reviewing the lower court's decision for correctness. A trial...

tribunal

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAny court, judicial body, or board which has judicial or quasi-judicial functions (such as a public utilities board that sets rates or a planning commission that can allow variances from zoning...

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