THE LEGAL PROCESS

Advocate

1. Someone who actively promotes the interests of another person or enterprise. This may involve filing claims, defending against the claims of others, and persuading other parties (e.g., government officials) to act favorably towards the relevant...

Affiant

The author of an affidavit, who swears to its accuracy.

Affidavit

A voluntarily sworn declaration of written facts. Affidavits are commonly used to present evidence in court. see, e.g. Edenfield v. Fane, 507 US 761 (1993).

See Category: Courts and Procedure

Affirm

There are several, related usages of the word “affirm” in a legal context; but, generally it means “to confirm or ratify.” Common occurrences of this word include:

An appellate court can affirm the ruling that was the subject of the appeal...

Affirmative Defense

Definition

This is a defense in which the defendant introduces evidence, which, if found to be credible, will negate criminal liability or civil liability, even if it is proven that the defendant committed the alleged acts.

Overview

Self-...

Affix

1. To attach (as in: to affix a notice to a door)

2. To sign (as in: to affix a signature to a document)

After-Discovered Evidence

Definition

In a civil or criminal case, evidence that existed at the time of a motion or trial but that could not have been discovered with reasonable diligence prior to a court ruling upon the motion or the trial's completion. Upon later discovery, a...

Agency

Agency: An Overview

Agency law is concerned with any "principal"-"agent" relationship; a relationship in which one person has legal authority to act for another. Such relationships arise from explicit appointment, or by implication. The relationships...

Agent

A person with authority to act on behalf of another person.

See Principal, Fiduciary, and Fiduciary duty.

Agent for Acceptance of Service

Definition

See: Agent for service of process

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