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Abridgment

Bacon's Abridgment, 7th ed. (1832) Matthew Bacon, A new abridgement of the law 7th ed. by Sir Henry Gwillim and Charles Edward Dodd (London: J. and W.T. Clarke, 1832) KF 154 B32 1832 Contents of the Bacon's Abridgment, 7th ed. (1832) Abatement Accompt Accord and Satisfaction [...]

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Abstracting Electricity

Definition of Abstracting Electricity In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Abstracting Electricity : The *arrestable offence, punishable with up to five years' imprisonment and/or a fine, of dishonestly using, wasting, or diverting electricity. This [...]

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Access

Definition of Access In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Access : Formerly. the opportunity to visit a child that was granted (at the discretion of the court) to its parent when the other parent had the care and control of the child after divorce or when a [...]

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Acquittal

Acquittal in the Business Encyclopaedia and Legal Adviser Based on the Business Encyclopaedia and Legal Adviser , by W.S.M. Knight, Barrister –at – Law. Acquittal - In the case of a verdict of not guilty; or of a successful plea of pardon; or of a successful plea of autrefois convict or [...]

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Action Crimes

Definition of Action Crimes The components of a criminal offence are the actus reus and the mens rea. Definitions of particular crimes The criminal law of England1 is not codified, but is composed of a large number of enactments resting on a basis of common law. A very large part is [...]

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Adjudication

Definition of Adjudication In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Adjudication : 1. The formal judgment or decision of a court or tribunal. 2. A decision by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue as to the amount (if any) of *stamp duty payable on a [...]

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Admiralty

History of the Admiralty The following commentary about Admiralty in the Churchill Era is produced by the Churchill College (Cambridge): Department of the Government administering the Royal Navy. Meaning of Admiralty The following is an old definition of Admiralty [1]: A court exercising [...]

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Admissibility of Records

Definition of Admissibility of Records In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Admissibility of Records : In civil cases documents containing information (records) are admissible as evidence of the facts stated in them. Before the introduction of the Civil [...]

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Admission

Definition of Admission In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Admission : 1. In civil proceedings, a statement by a party to litigation or by his duly authorized agent that is adverse to the party's case. Admissions may be informal (i.e. in a document or [...]

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Adverse Occupation

Definition of Adverse Occupation In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Adverse Occupation : Occupation of premises by a trespasser to the exclusion of the owner or lawful occupier. Trespass (*trespass) in itself is not usually a criminal offence, but if the [...]

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Advocate

Definition of Advocate In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Advocate : 1. One who exercises a *right of audience and argues a case for a client in legal proceedings. In magistrates' courts and the county courts both *barristers and *solicitors have the [...]

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Ag

Definition of Ag In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Ag : (Attorney General, AG) The principal law officer of the Crown. The Attorney General is usually a Member of Parliament of the ruling party and holds ministerial office, although he is not normally a [...]

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Agent

Definition of Agent In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Agent : 1. A person appointed by another (the principal) to act on his behalf, often to negotiate a contract between the principal and a third party. If an agent discloses his principal's name (or [...]

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Aid and Abet

Definition of Aid And Abet In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Aid And Abet : To assist in the performance of a crime either before or during (but not after) its commission. Aiding usually refers to material assistance (e.g. providing the tools for the [...]

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Alibi

Definition of Alibi In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Alibi : (from Latin: elsewhere) A defence to a criminal charge alleging that the defendant was not at the place at which the crime was committed and so could not have been responsible for it. If the [...]

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Amicable Action

Meaning of Amicable Action The following is an old definition of Amicable Action [1]: An action entered of record by agreement and without the service of process, to obtain the judgment of the court in a matter of common interest. Opposed, adversary action. Civil action. Recovers a private [...]

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Amnesty

Definition of Amnesty In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Amnesty : An act erasing from legal memory some aspect of criminal conduct by an offender. It is most frequently granted to groups of people in respect of political offences and is wider than a [...]

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Anglo Saxon

This issue under the Ruling of the Anglo Saxons et seq Royal Charters and Writs of Proclamation Anglo Saxon and Medieval Law Anglo Saxon and Legal History Legal Materials (Compiled by the University of South Caroline Gould School of Law) Birch, Walter de Gray, ed. and trans. The Historical [...]

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Anglo Saxon Court System

This issue under the Ruling of the Anglo Saxons Anglo Saxon Ecclesiastical Courts and Medieval Law Anglo Saxon Ecclesiastical Courts and Legal History Legal Materials (Compiled by the University of South Caroline Gould School of Law) Clark, George T., ed. Cartae Et Alia Munimenta Quae Ad [...]

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Anglo-Norman Law

Criminal Law History Minor acts of violence, dishonesty or nuisance, were dealt with in seigniorial and borough courts by presentment of the jurors of courts baron and courts leet, and punished by fine or in some cases by pillory, tumbril or stocks. Grave acts were dealt with by the sheriff [...]

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Anglo-Saxon Law

History of Anglo-Saxon Criminal Law The stage which the development of criminal law had reached in England by the reign of Edward the Confessor is thus described by Pollock and Maitland (Hist. Eng. Law, ii. 447): “On the eve of the Norman Conquest what we may call Anglo-Saxon law. the [...]

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Antecedents

Definition of Antecedents In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Antecedents : An accused or convicted person's previous criminal record or track claim or in specialist proceedings or (2) an appeal itself from a county court judge. Where two or more High [...]

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Appeal

Appeal Meaning Appeal in Scottish Law Challenge to conviction and/or sentence. The prosecution can only appeal against an unduly lenient sentence. Definition of Appeal By Way Of Case Stated Case stated appeals are appeals on a point of law. Definition of Appeal This is the term used when an [...]

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Appropriation

Definition of Appropriation In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Appropriation : 1. (in administrative law) The allocation of a sum of money to a particular purpose. The annual Appropriation Act authorizes the issue from the Consolidated Fund of money [...]

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Arraign

Definition of Arraign In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Arraign : To begin a criminal *trial on indictment by calling the defendant to the bar of the court by name, reading the indictment to him, and asking him whether he is guilty or not. The defendant [...]

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Arrest

Definition of Arrest In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Arrest : The apprehension of a person suspected of criminal activities. Most arrests are made by police officers, although anybody may, under prescribed conditions. effect an arrest. In some [...]

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Arrest of Judgment

Definition of Arrest of Judgment In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Arrest of Judgment : A motion by a defendant in criminal proceedings on indictment, between the conviction and the sentence, that judgment should not be given on the ground of some [...]

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Arrestee

Scottish Law: Arrestee in the Past In the law of Scotland (see more about this legal system). He in whose hands a debt or property (see more about this popular legal topic in the U.K. encyclopedia) in his possession, has been arrested by a regular arrestment. If, in contempt of the [...]

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Arrestment

Scottish Law: Arrestment in the Past By this term is sometimes meant the securing of a criminal's person till trial or that of a debtor till he give security judicio sisti. Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. 1, 2, 12. It is also the order of a judge, by which The person who is debtor in a movable obligation [...]

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Arson

Definition of Arson In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Arson : The intentional or reckless destruction or damaging of property by fire without a lawful excuse. There are two forms of arson corresponding to the two forms of *criminal damage in the Criminal [...]

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Art And Part

Scottish Law: Art and Part in the Past Where one is accessory to a crime committed by another; a person may be guilty, art and part, either by giving advice or counsel to commit the crime; or, 2, by giving warrant or mandate to commit it; or, 3, by actually assisting the criminal (see more [...]

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Assize

Definition of Assize In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Assize : 1. An assize court or council. In modern times assizes were sittings of High Court judges travelling on circuits around the country with commissions from the Crown to hear cases. These [...]

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Assizes

Assizes History Courts sitting at regular intervals in each county of England and Wales to administer the civil and criminal law. In 1972 the civil jurisdiction of assizes was moved to the High Court and the criminal jurisdiction to the Crown Court. As early as 1179, This issue under the [...]

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Assythment

Scottish Law: Assythment in the Past An indemnification which a criminal (see more about this popular legal topic in the U.K. encyclopedia) is bound to make to the party injured or his executors, though the crime itself should be extinguished by pardon. Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. 4, 3, 13. [...]

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Asylum

Definition of Asylum In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Asylum : Refuge granted to an individual whose *extradition is sought by a foreign government. This can include refuge in the territory of a foreign country (territorial asylum) or in a foreign [...]

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Attainder

Attainder and Medieval Law Attainder and Legal History Meaning of Attainder The following is an old definition of Attainder [1]: Staining; corrupting; pollution of blood; extinguishment of inheritable quality of blood. When sentence of death is pronounced the immediate, inseparable consequence [...]

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Attorney-general

Attorney General Attorney General in the United Kingdom The office of attorney general dates from the reign (1272-1307) of King Edward I. It developed gradually until the 17th century, when the attorney general became chief legal counsel to the Crown and all departments of state and [...]

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Auction Ring

Definition of Auction Ring In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Auction Ring : A group of buyers who agree not to compete against each other at an auction with a view to purchasing articles for less than the open-market value. The profit earned thereby is [...]

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Automatism

Definition of Automatism In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Automatism : Unconscious *involuntary conduct caused by some external factor. A person is not criminally liable for acts carried out in a state of automatism, since his conduct is altogether [...]

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Bail

Definition of Bail This term refers to the practice of releasing a defendant (or accused) from custody until their next appearance in court. In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Bail : The release by the police, magistrates' court, or Crown Court of a [...]

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Bankruptcy

Definition of Bankruptcy In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Bankruptcy : The state of a person who has been adjudged by a court to be insolvent (Compare winding-up). The court orders the compulsory administration of a bankrupt's affairs so that his [...]

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Bar

The Bar Definition of Bar In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Bar : 1. A legal impediment. 2. An imaginary barrier in a court of law. Only Queen's Counsel, officers of the court, and litigants in person are allowed between the bar and the *bench [...]

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Baron

Baron Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament The British Peerage has five ranks or grades. Baron is the fifth and lowest of the ranks. Baron is a title that was created and first given to John Beauchamp de Holt in 1387. History This word, of uncertain origin, was introduced into England at [...]

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Barratry

Definition of Barratry In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Barratry : 1. Any act committed wilfully by the master or crew of a ship to the detriment of its owner or charterer. Examples include scuttling the ship and embezzling the cargo. Illegal [...]

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Barrister

Definition of Barrister A lawyer who is entitled to represent clients in all of the courts. In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Barrister : A legal practitioner admitted to plead at the Bar. A barrister must be a member of one of the four Inns of [...]

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Battered Spouse

Definition of Battered Spouse Or Cohabitant In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Battered Spouse Or Cohabitant : A person subjected to physical violence by their husband, wife, or cohabitant (subsequently referred to as partner in this entry). Battered [...]

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Battery

Definition of Battery In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Battery : The intentional or reckless application of physical force to someone without his consent. Battery is a form of *trespass to the person and is a *summary offence (punishable with a *fine at [...]

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Before and After the Wolfenden Report

Before and after the Wolfenden Report: UK Legal History Homosexuality in the 1950s At the beginning of the 1950s, homosexual acts were still considered by law to be criminal offences. The number of convictions rose rapidly in the immediate post-war period as the Home Office pursued prosecution [...]

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Bench

Definition of Bench In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Bench : 1. Literally, the seat of a judge in court. The bench is usually in an elevated position at one side of the court room facing the seats of counsel and solicitors. 2. A group of judges or [...]

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Blackmail

Definition of Blackmail In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Blackmail : The crime of making an unwarranted demand with menaces for the purpose of financial gain for oneself or someone else or financial loss to the person threatened. The menaces may [...]

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Blasphemy

Definition of Blasphemy In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Blasphemy : Statements or writings that deny - in an offensive or insulting manner - the truth of the Christian religion, the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, or the existence of God. [...]

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Bomb Hoax

Definition of Bomb Hoax In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Bomb Hoax : A deception in which one or more people are led to believe that an explosion is likely to occur that will cause physical injury or damage to property. A bomb hoax may constitute [...]

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Breach of Contract

Definition of Breach of Contract In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Breach of Contract : An actual failure by a party to a contract to perform his obligations under that contract or an indication of his intention not to do so. An indication that a [...]

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Breach of Statutory Duty

Definition of Breach of Statutory Duty In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Breach of Statutory Duty : Breach of a duty imposed on some person or body by a statute. The person or body in breach of the statutory duty is liable to any criminal penalty imposed [...]

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Bribery

Definition of Bribery And Corruption In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Bribery And Corruption : Offences relating to the improper influencing of people in certain positions of trust. The offences commonly grouped under this expression are now statutory. [...]

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Broadmoor

Definition of Broadmoor In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Broadmoor : A *special hospital at Crowthorne, near Camberley, in Berkshire. It treats dangerous and violent patients (previously known as criminal lunatics) who are sent to it.

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Buggery (Sodomy)

Definition of Buggery (Sodomy) In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Buggery (Sodomy) : Anal intercourse by a man with another man or a woman or *bestiality by a man or a woma Except between consenting adults over 16 in private (See also homosexual conduct), [...]

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Burden of Proof

Definition of Burden of Proof In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Burden of Proof : The duty of a party to litigation to prove a fact or facts in issue. Generally the burden of proof falls upon the party who substantially asserts the truth of a particular [...]

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Burial

Burial and Cremation There is wide information in the cremation subject here. Burial Laws: An Historical Approach Burial and Burial Acts (in O. Eng. byrgels, whence byriels, wrongly taken as a plural, and so Mid. Eng. buryel, from O. Eng. byrgan, properly to protect, cover, to bury). The [...]

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C

Concept of C The following is an old definition of C [1], a term which has several meanings:1. In connection with references to statutes means chapter. See Statute Alternative Meaning In Rhode Island, as late as 1785, was branded upon the forehead as part of the punishment for counterfeiting. [...]

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C C

Meaning of C c The following is an old definition of C c [1]: Cepi corpus; chief commissioner; circuit, city, or county court; chancery, civil, criminal, or crown cases; civil code. Resources Notes and References Concept of C c provided by the Anderson Dictionary of Law (1889) (Dictionary of [...]

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Capital Punishment

History The modes of capital punishment in England under the Saxon and Danish kings were various: hanging, beheading, burning, drowning, stoning, and precipitation from rocks. The principle on which this British and foreign laws and methods. variety depended was that where an offence was [...]

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Causation

Definition of Causation In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Causation : The relationship between an act and the consequences it produces. It is one of the elements that must be proved before an accused can be convicted of a crime in which the effect of the [...]

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Caution

Definition of Caution In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Caution : 1. (in criminal law) a. A warning that should normally be given by a police officer, in accordance with a code of practice issued under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, when he [...]

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Central Criminal Court

Definition of Central Criminal Court In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Central Criminal Court : The principal *Crown Court for Central London, usually known from its address as the Old Bailey. The Lord Mayor of London and any City aldermen may sit as [...]

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Central Non Common Law Courts

(Source: the University of South Caroline Gould School of Law) The Court of Chancery and Equity is the foremost example of a central, non common law court. Although the Chancery was essentially an administrative department, it also played a judicial role. As a court of equity, it could try [...]

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Certiorari

Definition of Certiorari In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Certiorari : (Latin: to be informed) See quashing order. Certiorari in Legal Latin Meaning of the latin term Certiorari from the University of Kent: 'To be informed' Meaning of Certiorari The [...]

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Challenge to Jury

Definition of Challenge To Jury In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Challenge To Jury : A procedure by which the parties may object to the composition of a jury before it is sworn. Before the Criminal Justice Act 1988 came into force a challenge could be [...]

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Champerty

Definition of Champerty History Champerty or Champarty (Lat. campi partitio, O. Fr. champ parti), in English law, a bargain between a plaintiff or defendant in a cause and another person, to divide the land (campum partiri) or other matter sued for, if they prevail, in consideration of [...]

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Character

Definition of Character In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Character : (in the law of evidence) 1. The reputation of a party or witness. In civil cases the reputation of a party is not admissible unless it is directly in issue, as it may be in an action [...]

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Child Safety Order

Definition of Child Safety Order In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Child Safety Order : An order that enables local authorities and courts to intervene when a child under the age of 10 (who cannot be prosecuted in criminal proceedings by virtue of his [...]

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Church

English Law: Church in the Past By the English law, the terms church or chapel and church-yard, are expressly recognized as in themselves correct and technical descriptions of the building and place, even in criminal (see more about this popular legal topic in the U.K. encyclopedia) [...]

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Circuit Judge

Definition of Circuit Judge In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Circuit Judge : Any of the judges appointed under the provisions of the Courts Act 1971 from among those who have had a ten-year Crown Court or county court *advocacy qualification, or who are [...]

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Civil Court

Definition of Civil Court In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Civil Court : A court exercising jurisdiction over civil rather than criminal cases. In England the principal civil courts of first instance (*court of first instance) are the *county courts and [...]

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Code of Practice

Definition of Code of Practice In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Code of Practice : A body of rules for practical guidance only, or that sets out professional standards of behaviour, but does not have the force of law, e.g. the Highway Code. Under the [...]

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Codifier

Meaning of Codifier The following is an old definition of Codifier [1]: One who makes or assists in making a code. A code ought to be based upon the principle that it aims at nothing more than the reduction to a definite and systematic shape of the results obtained and sanctioned by the [...]

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Commissions for Local Administration

Definition of Commissions For Local Administration In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Commissions For Local Administration : Two commissions, one each for England and Wales, that were established by the Local Government Act 1974 to investigate complaints [...]

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Committal for Trial

Definition of Committal For Trial In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Committal For Trial : The referring of a case from a magistrates' court for trial at the Crown Court following a *preliminary investigation by the magistrates. The committal [...]

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Common Serjeant

Definition of Common Serjeant In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Common Serjeant : The title held by one of the *circuit judges at the *Central Criminal Court. It was formerly an ancient office of the City of London, first mentioned in its records in [...]

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Compellable Witness

Definition of Compellable Witness In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Compellable Witness : A person who may lawfully be required to give evidence. In principle every person who is competent to be a witness is compellable (See competence). In criminal [...]

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Compensation

Definition of Compensation In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Compensation : Monetary payment to compensate for loss or damage. When someone has committed a criminal offence that caused personal injury, loss, or damage, and he has been convicted for this [...]

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Competence

Definition of Competence In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Competence : (of witnesses) The legal capacity of a person to be a *witness. Since the abolition in the 19th century of certain ancient grounds of incompetence, every person of sound mind and [...]

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Computer Documents

Definition of Computer Documents In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Computer Documents : (in the law of evidence) In civil cases a document produced by a computer is admissible under the general rules of evidence of any fact recorded in it of which direct [...]

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Confession

Definition of Confession In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Confession : An *admission, in whole or in part, made by an accused person of his guilt. At common law, confessions were admissible if made voluntarily, i.e. not obtained as a result of some [...]

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Consent

Definition of Consent In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Consent : Deliberate or implied affirmation; compliance with a course of proposed actio Consent is essential in a number of circumstances. For example, contracts and marriages are invalid unless [...]

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Constitutional Law Milestone Cases

A & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department (BAILII: [2005] UKHL 71 ) [2005] 3 WLR 1249  A v Secretary of State for the Home Department (BAILII: [2004] UKHL 56 ) [2005] 2 AC 68, [2005] 2 WLR 87  Abbassy v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (BAILII: [...]

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Contempt of Court

Definition of Contempt of Court In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Contempt of Court : 1. (civil contempt) Disobedience to a court judgment or process, e.g. breach of an injunction or improper use of discovered documents. If the injunction is served on [...]

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Contract

Definition of Contract In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Contract : A legally binding agreement. Agreement arises as a result of *offer and *acceptance, but a number of other requirements must be satisfied for an agreement to be legally binding. (1) [...]

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Controlled Drugs

Definition of Controlled Drugs In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Controlled Drugs : Dangerous drugs that are subject to criminal regulation. In the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 these are grouped in three classes: A, B, and C. Class A is the most dangerous [...]

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Conviction

Definition of Conviction In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Conviction : 1. (for the purposes of the Bail Act 1976) In criminal proceedings, a finding of *guilty, or an acquittal on the ground of insanity. In a magistrates' court, a finding that the [...]

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Copyright

Definition of Copyright In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Copyright : The exclusive right to reproduce or authorize others to reproduce artistic, dramatic, literary, or musical works. It is conferred by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, which [...]

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Coroners

History Coroner, an ancient officer of the English common law, so called, according to Coke, because he was a keeper of the pleas of the crown (custos placitorum coronae). At what period the office of coroner was instituted is a matter of considerable doubt; some modern authorities (Stubbs, [...]

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Corporal Punishment

History Corporal Punishment, chastisement inflicted by one person on the body (corpus) of another. By the common law of England, Scotland and Ireland, the infliction of corporal punishment is illegal unless it is done in self-defence or in defence of others, or is done either by some person [...]

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Costs

Definition of Costs In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Costs : Sums payable for legal services. A distinction is drawn between contentious and noncontentious costs (broadly, the distinction between costs relating to litigious and nonlitigious [...]

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Costs in the Case

Definition of Costs in the Case In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Costs in The Case : An order for costs made in *interim proceedings (interlocutory proceedings) by which the costs of the hearing in question are payable in accordance with the order for [...]

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County

Definition of County In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of County : A first-tier *local government area in England (outside Greater London) or Wales. The Local Government Act 1972 created 45 counties for England and 8 for Wales, dividing the former into [...]

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County Court

County Cour Definition of County Court County courts deal with civil cases and do not have jurisdiction to hear criminal cases. In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of County Court : Any of the civil courts forming a system covering all of England and [...]

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Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes

The Constitution of the Court The new court (see history of divorce in Britain and the Act of 1857 and its modification), termed “The Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes,” was constituted by the lord chancellor, the chiefs and the senior puisne judges of the three courts of common law, [...]

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Court Martial

Definition of Court Martial In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Court Martial : A court convened within the armed forces to try offences against *service law. It consists of a number of serving officers, who sit without a jury and are advised on points [...]

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Court of Criminal Appeal

Definition of Court of Criminal Appeal In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Court of Criminal Appeal : A court created by the Criminal Appeal Act 1907 to take over the jurisdiction formerly exercised by the *Court for Consideration of Crown Cases Reserved. [...]

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Court Of Criminal Appeal (Northern Ireland)

The Court of Criminal Appeal (Northern Ireland) Name The Court of Criminal Appeal (Northern Ireland) is the standarized name of one of the UK Historic Courts (see the entries in this legal Encyclopedia about court rules and procedural law for more information on some aspects of the Court of [...]

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Court of High Commission

Introduction to Court of High Commission Court of High Commission, court established in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to enforce the views of the government in church matters. By the Act of Supremacy of 1559, an ecclesiastical commission was established to deal with all crimes [...]

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Court of King’s Bench

History Court of King’s Bench, in England, one of the superior courts of common law. This court, the most ancient of English courts—in its correct legal title, “the court of the king before the king himself,” coram ipso rege—is far older than parliament itself, for it can be traced back [...]

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Court of Star Chamber

Introduction to Court of Star Chamber Court of Star Chamber, in English history, court controlled by the monarch and so called because it originally sat in the royal palace of Westminster in a room that had stars painted on the ceiling. The court was created in 1487, when King Henry VII forced [...]

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Court Records under Edward I

Court Records This issue under the Ruling of King Edward I of England Court Records under Edward I and Medieval Law Court Records under Edward I and Legal History This issue under the Ruling of King Edward I of England Court Records under Edward I and Medieval Law Court Records under Edward [...]

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Court Records under Edward Ii

Court Records This issue under the Ruling of King Edward II of England Court Records under Edward II and Medieval Law Court Records under Edward II and Legal History This issue under the Ruling of King Edward II of England Court Records under Edward II and Medieval Law Court Records under [...]

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Court Records under Henry Iii

Court Records This issue under the Ruling of King Henry III of England Court Records under Henry III and Medieval Law Court Records under Henry III and Legal History This issue under the Ruling of King Henry III of England Court Records under Henry III and Medieval Law Court Records under [...]

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Court Records under John

Court Records This issue under the Ruling of John of England Court Records under John and Medieval Law Court Records under John and Legal History This issue under the Ruling of John of England Court Records under John and Medieval Law Court Records under John and Legal History This issue [...]

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Courtenay

Courtenay, , the name of a famous English family. French genealogists head the pedigree of this family with one Athon or Athos, who is said to have fortified Courtenay in Gâtinois about the year 1010. His son Josselin had, with other issue, Miles, lord of Courtenay, founder of the Cistercian [...]

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Courts

Introduction to Courts Courts in the United Kingdom, judicial institutions charged with resolving disputes in law, either between citizens, or between citizens and government organs. There are three legal systems in the United Kingdom: one for England and Wales, one for Scotland, and one [...]

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Cr

Meaning of Cr The following is an old definition of Cr [1]: Criminal; crown. Resources Notes and References Concept of Cr provided by the Anderson Dictionary of Law (1889) (Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims and an Exposition of [...]

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Criminal Conviction Certificate

Definition of Criminal Conviction Certificate In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Criminal Conviction Certificate : A certificate given to those who request details of information held about their criminal records. The certificate is obtained from the [...]

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Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Resources See Also Further Reading Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in the Encyclopedia of Britain Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in the Osborn's Concise Law Dictionary Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in the Halsbury's Laws of England Criminal Injuries [...]

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Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board Name The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board is the standarized name of one of the UK Tribunals and Government Offices (see the entries in this legal Encyclopedia about court rules and procedural law for more information on some aspects of the Criminal [...]

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Criminal Justice Policy

Criminal justice policy: UK Legal History Criminal Justice Act 1877 The Criminal Justice Act of 1877 remained in force until 1948, and was subject to reformist criticism during the inter-war period. Sir Maurice Waller and Sir Alexander Paterson were members of the Prisons Commission, and were [...]

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Criminal Justice under Henry II

Assizes of Clarendon and Northampton By his Assizes of Clarendon and Northampton, Henry II reserved important crimes for the exclusive consideration of his own judges either on circuit or at his court; and he demanded entry for these judges into all franchises for that purpose. In [...]

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Criminal Law

General Principles Crime and sentence There is a main entry about this section in the Encyclopedia. The definition of a crime There is a main entry about this section in the Encyclopedia. The classification of offences There is a main entry about this section in the Encyclopedia. The [...]

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Criminal Law Act of 1977

Resources See Also Further Reading Criminal Law Act of 1977 in the Encyclopedia of Britain Criminal Law Act of 1977 in the Osborn's Concise Law Dictionary Criminal Law Act of 1977 in the Halsbury's Laws of England Criminal Law Act of 1977 in the Stroud's Judicial Dictionary of [...]

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Criminal Law Milestone Cases

A v United Kingdom (Human Rights: Punishment of Child) (BAILII: [1998] ECHR 85 ) [1998] 3 FCR 597, (1999) 27 EHRR 611, [1998] 2 FLR 959  Abdul-Hussain & Ors (BAILII: [1998] EWCA Crim 3528 ) [1999] Crim LR 570 191  Adomako (BAILII: [1994] UKHL 6 ) [1994] 3 WLR [...]

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Criminal Procedure Definition

Most Popular Entries related to Criminal Procedure Definition Procedure Criminal Law (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure Law Practice (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure Outline (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure Definition (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure [...]

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Criminal Procedure Law Practice

Most Popular Entries related to Criminal Procedure Law Practice Procedure Criminal Law (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure Law Practice (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure Outline (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure Definition (in the United Kingdom) Criminal [...]

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Criminal Procedure Laws

Most Popular Entries related to Criminal Procedure Laws Procedure Criminal Law (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure Law Practice (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure Outline (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure Definition (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure Laws [...]

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Criminal Procedure Outline

Most Popular Entries related to Criminal Procedure Outline Procedure Criminal Law (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure Law Practice (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure Outline (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure Definition (in the United Kingdom) Criminal Procedure [...]

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Criminal Records Agency

Definition of Criminal Records Agency In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Criminal Records Agency : A state body that provides individuals with information about their criminal records in the form of a *criminal conviction certificate. The agency was set [...]

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Crown

Definition of Crown In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Crown : The office (a *corporation sole) in which supreme power in the UK is legally vested. The person filling it at any given time is referred to as the sovereign (a king or queen: See also Queen). [...]

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Crown Case

Meaning of Crown Case The following is an old definition of Crown Case [1]: A criminal prosecution. Resources Notes and References Concept of Crown Case provided by the Anderson Dictionary of Law (1889) (Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases [...]

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Crown Court

Definition of Crown Court In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Crown Court : A court created by the Courts Act 1971 to take over the jurisdiction formerly exercised by *assizes and *quarter sessions, which were abolished by the same Act. It is part of the [...]

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Crown Law

Meaning of Crown Law The following is an old definition of Crown Law [1]: Criminal law. Resources Notes and References Concept of Crown Law provided by the Anderson Dictionary of Law (1889) (Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims and [...]

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Crown Office

Meaning of Crown Office, or Side The following is an old definition of Crown Office, or Side [1]: The criminal side of the court of King's or Queen's bench. Resources Notes and References Concept of Crown Office, or Side provided by the Anderson Dictionary of Law (1889) (Dictionary of Law [...]

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Crown Paper

Meaning of Crown Paper The following is an old definition of Crown Paper [1]: A list of criminal cases awaiting hearing or decision. Resources Notes and References Concept of Crown Paper provided by the Anderson Dictionary of Law (1889) (Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions [...]

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Crown Pleas

Meaning of Crown Pleas, or Pleas of the Crown The following is an old definition of Crown Pleas, or Pleas of the Crown [1]: Criminal causes. Opposed, common pleas: civil actions between subject and subject. The king, in whom centers the majesty of the whole people, is the person supposed to be [...]

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Crown Prosecution Service

Definition of Crown Prosecution Service In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Crown Prosecution Service : (CPS) An organization created by the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 to conduct the majority of criminal prosecutions. Its head is the *Director of [...]

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Curfew Order

Definition of Curfew Order In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Curfew Order : A community order under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 that requires an offender over 16 to remain at a specified place at particular times. The maximum duration [...]

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Custody

Definition of Custody In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Custody : 1. Imprisonment or confinement. The current policy behind the use of custody was established in the Criminal Justice Act 1991 and has been consolidated by the Powers of Criminal Courts [...]

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Damages

Definition of Damages The award by court or prior mutual agreement for a breach of contract. In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Damages : A sum of money awarded by a court as compensation for a tort or a breach of contract. Damages are usually a [...]

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Day

In law, a day may be either a dies naturalis or natural day, or a dies artificialis or artificial day. A natural day includes all the twenty-four hours from midnight to midnight. Fractions of the day are disregarded to avoid dispute, though sometimes the law will consider fractions, as where [...]

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Death Certification

Death Certification and Crematory: History The crematory council turned their attention to the need for a national system of death certification, to be enforced by law as an essential and much-needed reform in connexion with cremation. On the 6th of January 1893 the duke Death certification. [...]

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Declaration

Definition of Declaration In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Declaration : 1. (in the law of evidence) An oral or written statement not made on oath. The term is often applied to certain types of out-of-court statement that are admissible as an [...]

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Dedimus

Meaning of Dedimus (latin term) The following is an old definition of Dedimus (latin term) [1]: We have given. See Dare. A commission to take testimony, the full name of which is dedimus potestatem, we have given power. In English practice the writ issues out of chancery, and empowers the [...]

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Default

Definition of Default In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Default : Failure to do something required by law, usually failure to comply with mandatory rules of procedure. If a defendant in civil proceedings is in default (e.g. by failing to file a [...]

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Defence

Definition of Defence In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Defence : The response by a defendant to service of a claim. Once a claim form or particulars of claim have been served on the defendant, he is under an obligation to respond. If he does not [...]

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Defence Statement

Definition of Defence Statement In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Defence Statement : A document setting out the accused's *defence in criminal proceedings for initial hearings before trial. The Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 provides [...]

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Demurrer

Meaning of Demurrer The following is an old definition of Demurrer [1]: A declaration that the party will go no further, because the other has not showed sufficient matter against him; imports that the objector will wait the judgment of the court whether he is bound to proceed. An admission of [...]

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Department of Constitutional Affairs

Department of Constitutional Affairs (England & Wales) in North Ireland The Department was formerly responsible for running the courts and improving the justice system, human rights and information rights law, and law and policy on running elections and modernising the constitution. The [...]

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Deposition

Definition of Deposition In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Deposition : A statement made on oath before a magistrate or court official by a witness and usually recorded in writing. In criminal cases depositions are taken during committal proceedings [...]

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Detention

Definition of Detention In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Detention : Depriving a person of his liberty against his will following *arrest. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 closely regulates police powers of detention and detained persons' [...]

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Director of Public Prosecutions

Definition of Director of Public Prosecutions In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Director of Public Prosecutions : (Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP) The head of the *Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), who must be a lawyer of at least ten years' [...]

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Disclosure of Information

Definition of Disclosure of Information In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Disclosure of Information : 1. (in employment law) The communication by an employer to employees and their trade-union representatives of information relevant to *collective [...]

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Disclosure of Interest

Definition of Disclosure of Interest In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Disclosure of Interest : The duty of local authority members to disclose (at the time or by prior notice to the authority) any pecuniary interest they or their spouses have in any [...]

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Disorderly House

Definition of Disorderly House In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Disorderly House : A *brothel or a place staging performances or exhibitions that tend to corrupt or deprave and outrage common decency. It is a misdemeanour at common law to keep a [...]

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Disposition

Definition of Disposition In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Disposition : 1. (in land law) The transfer of property by some act of its owner, e.g. by sale, gift, will, or exchange. 2. (in the law of evidence) The tendency of a party (especially the [...]

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Dittay

Concept of Dittay Traditional meaning of dittay [1] in scots law: The matter or charge of an indictment or criminal information. [rtbs name="scottish-law"] Resources Notes and References Based on A concise law dictionary of words, phrases and maxims, "Dittay", Boston: Little, Brown, and [...]

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Dna Fingerprinting

Definition of Dna Fingerprinting In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Dna Fingerprinting : (genetic fingerprinting) A scientific technique in which an individual's genetic material (DNA) is extracted from cells in a sample of tissue and analysed to [...]

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