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From the most powerfulreasoning, with greater reason or morn convinving force.
A fortiori
A lessening, a reduction, a complete termination.
Abate
Making less or destroying, a reduction of claims.
Abatement
To knowingly assist another in the commission of a crime.
Abet
From outside.
Ab extra
A condensed form of a record. The summary of the essential points of a court record.
Abstract
To touch along a border, to adjoin.
Abut
A person who contributes to or aids in the commission of an unlawful act, a partner in guilt in a crime.
Accomplice
To approach to the side of and speak to, to address another person first, especially aggressively.
Accost
Growth in size by addition or accumulation.
Accretion
To charge with or declare to have committed a crime.
Accuse
Certificate of a notary public hat a person has appeared before him and declared the document to be a genuine statement and that the person who signed is in fact the person maned therein.
Acknowledgement
To release, absolve or discharge from an obligation or liability, certify innocence.
Acquit
An action handled out of court, one by persons on their own rather than in court.
Actio in pais
Personal actions done or directed against or with reference to a specific person.
Actio in personam
Action against the thing. An action started to affect a specific item or several items of property.
Action in rem
Amount of damages demanded. A particular clause in a complaint that states the plaintiff's damages.
Ad damnum clause
A thing to be added, an appendix or supplement to a written paper.
Addendum
At the day.
Ad diem
To offer as proof, to present.
Adduce
To do.
Ad faciendum
For this. For this special purpose, may be temproary.
Ad hoc
To the same point or effect, in agreement.
Ad idem
Without limit, indefinitely or into the unforeseeable.
Ad infinitum
To decide, settle, or decree when a court decides on a matter judicially.
Adjudge
Giving or pronouncement of a judgement or decree in a cause.
Adjudication
At the pleasure of, at will, at liberty.
Ad libitum
For the lawsuit. For the purposes of the suit being prosecuted.
Ad litem
To warn and caution against specific faults.
Admonish
According to value. Taxes based upon the value of thing being taxed.
Ad valorem
Opponent in a legal controversy. The opposing party.
Adversary
A jury answering framed questions of fact.
Advisory jury
The maker of an affadavit or deposition under oath.
Affiant
A witness who for religious or personal reasons does not wish to be sworn may affirm that the testimony will be truthful.
Affirm
An assertion without proof.
Allegation
The defendant pleads guilty, but does not admit to committing a crime.
Alford plea
Physical circumstance involving a physical impossibility of the guilt of the accused.
Alibi
From another source; from the outside.
Aliunde
Court's formal inquiry of the prisoner as to whether he/she has any legal cause to show why judgement should not be pronounced against him on a verdict of conviction.
Allocution
Having more than one meaning.
Ambiguous
An instrument subject to change.
Ambulatory instrument
Friend of the court.
Amicus curiae
Supporting, attendant upon. Applies to court proceedings that are subordinate or auxiliary to the main action.
Ancillary
The intention to steal.
Animus furandi
Intention to revoke.
Animus revocandi
The intention to make a will. This is essential to a valid will.
Animus testandi
Case summaries that are not official, but which follow and explain the statutes printed.
Annotations
Declaration that two people are not married and that no marriage ever existed between them.
Annulment
Paper containing defendant's statement of defense.
Answer
Party initiating the appeal. The loser of the first trial.
Appellant
Party against whom an appeal has been taken. The winner of the first trial; may also be called the respondent.
Appellee
From the most recent point of view. Ascertaining truth by means of actual experience or observation.
A posteriori
From what goes before. From cause to effect.
A priori
Calling a defendant to answer the charge against him.
Arraignment
Implies craftiness and deceit, imparts some element of moral obliquity, trick, or ingenious device.
Artifice
Carrying away of the personal property of another; felonious removal of goods.
Asportation
Before the court.
At bar
Clause at the end of a will where witnesses certify that the will was properly executed.
Attestation clause
A supplement or reserve.
Auxiliary