THE LEGAL PROCESS

wobbler

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA crime that can be either a misdemeanor (a conviction punishable by a small amount of jail time, typically one year or less) or a felony (a conviction punishable by time in state prison). Wobblers can be...

Woodson v. North Carolina (1976)

Woodson v. North Carolina (1976) is the U.S. Supreme Court case holding that North Carolina’s mandatory death penalty for individuals convicted of first-degree murder violated the Eighth Amendment. Find the full opinion here.

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Work Product

Material prepared in anticipation of litigation. Generally, work product is privileged, meaning it is exempt from discovery. However, there are exceptions. Work product is divided into two categories: ordinary and opinion. Ordinary work product is the...

Writ

A writ is an order issued by a legal authority with administrative or juridicial powers, typically a court.


See Writ of certiorari, Writ of error, Writ of habeas corpus, Writ of mandamus

writ of attachment

A term for the court order authorizing attachment (the sheriff's seizure of defendant's property to satisfy a judgement).

Writ of certiorari

See article entitled "Certiorari"

A type of writ, meant for rare use, by which an appellate court decides to review a case at its discretion. The word certiorari comes from Law Latin and means "to be more fully informed." A writ of certiorari...

writ of coram nobis

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary(kor-m-noh-bis) A Latin term that describes a request to a judge to reopen and reconsider a matter that has already been decided. The basis for the request is a claim that the decision is based on a...

Writ of error

A writ emanating from an appellate court, demanding that a lower court convey the record of a case to the appellate court so that the record may be reviewed for alleged errors of law committed during a juridical proceeding. See, e.g. Worcester v....

Writ of execution

A court order that directs law enforcement personnel to take action in an attempt to satisfy a judgment won by the plaintiff. Specifically, a writ of execution usually addresses a sheriff. The sheriff, in turn, attempts to levy property owned by the...

Writ of garnishment

An order of the court. The court orders the seizure or attachment of a defendant's property (or that of a judgment debtor) that is in the possession or control of a third party. The person or corporation in possession of the property of the...

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