Writ writ /rit/ noun This is a written court order which either outlines an action someone must take or prevents them from taking certain action. The writ stated that the two parties were not to see each other before the court date. Synonyms: summons, subpoena, warrant, arraignment, indictment, citation, court order
Warrant war·rant /wôrənt,ˈwä-/ noun A court authorization for a search to take place or an arrest to be made. Law enforcement officials usually ask the court for a warrant. The judge issued a warrant for the man’s arrest. Synonyms: authorization, order, license, permit, document; writ, summons, subpoena; mandate, decree, fiat, edict
Verdict ver·dict /ˈvərdikt/ noun A jury or judge’s final decision which determines the guilt or innocence of the accused; the verdict is also the final outcome of a civil case. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty. Synonyms: judgment, adjudication, decision, finding, ruling, decree, resolution, pronouncement, conclusion, opinion
Uphold up·hold /ˌəpˈhōld/ verb When the appellate court agrees with the decision made by a lower court and allows it to stand. The prosecutor wondered if the appellate court would uphold his claim for damages. Synonyms:confirm, endorse, sustain, approve, agree to, support champion, defend
Tort tort /tôrt/ noun This is a civil wrong rather than a criminal one. It relates to an intentional or negligent injury against property or a person. Breach of contract is deemed to be an exception. He was suing for several torts that the man committed. Synonyms: negligence, damages, assault, battery, fraud, wrongful death, conversion, trespass, defamation, libel, slander a
Testimony tes·ti·mo·ny /ˈtestəˌmōnē/ noun Relates to oral testimony given by witnesses before a Grand Jury or during a trial. The witness appeared before the court to give his testimony. Synonyms: evidence, sworn statement, attestation, affidavit, statement, declaration, assertion, affirmation; allegation, submission, claim, deposition
Subpoena sub·poe·na /səˈpēnə/ noun This is a command issued under the authority of the court given to a witness; it tells that individual to appear and provide the court with testimony. A subpoena may be issued to a witness to appear in court. Synonyms: decree, mandate, summons, warrant, command
Statute of Limitations stat·ute of lim·i·ta·tions /ˈstaCHo͞ot/əv/ˌliməˈtāSHəns/ noun In some cases, a lawsuit must be filed or a criminal prosecution needs to begin within a set period of time which varies depending on the type of crime/civil case. Seven years had passed since the crime had been committed, so the statue of limitations prevented the prosecution with filing charges.
Sentencing Guidelines sent·enc·ing guide·lines /ˈsentnsiNG/ˈgīdˌlīns/ noun This is a set of rules established by the U.S. Sentencing Commission and is used by judges to determine the appropriate punishment. The sentencing guidelines state that the minimum sentence for an Arizona extreme DUI requires one day in jail.
Remand re·mand /riˈmand/ verb The process of a case being sent back to the trial court by the appellate court. Also refers to the detention of a suspect before a trial. They requested to have the appellate judge remand the case, so it went back to trial. Synonyms: defer, immure, lag, send back, hold over, imprison,put behind bars, remit, gaol, …