THE LEGAL PROCESS

unclean hands

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: clean hands doctrine

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Uncodified

Absent from legislative statutes and existing only by virtue of the common law. Sometimes used in a wider sense to refer to principles that are entirely unwritten.

under the influence

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryPhrase used to describe a person who is intoxicated, affected by the use of alcohol or drugs, or a combination of both. See: driving under the influence (DUI)

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undisclosed principal

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA person whose identity is hidden either because an agent refuses to disclose the identity, or because the agent deliberately misleads third parties into believing that the agent is the principal. In...

United States Attorney

Definition

An attorney, acting under the direction of the Attorney General, who enforces federal laws within his or her jurisdiction and represents the federal government in civil and criminal cases. The United States Attorney is appointed by the...

United States Court of Federal Claims

The United States Court of Federal Claims is a federal court of limited jurisdiction. The Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982 abolished the original Court of Claims and the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and replaced...

United States district courts

The trial courts of the federal court system. Congress and the Constitution limit these courts and within these limits, the district courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases. This includes both civil and criminal matters...

United States Tax Court

Established by Congress under Article I of the Constitution.

Upon a determination of a tax deficiency by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the taxpayer may dispute the deficiency in the Tax Court before paying any disputed amount.

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Unlawful

General description for conduct that is illegal or not authorized by law.

The term is sometimes used in a more narrow sense. For instance, "unlawful" may refer only to conduct that is criminally punishable. At other times, "unlawful" may refer...

unlawful assembly

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryWhen three or more people meet with the intention of carrying out an unlawful act to deliberately disturb the peace.

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