Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Glossary - Legal English - court, lawyer


paralegal : a person not fully qualified as a lawyer, but trained in subsidiary legal matters

suit : claim or dispute brought to a law court for adjudication

injunction : a judicial order either restraining action or compelling it

interim prayer : request for interim order

affidavit : a written statement confirmed by oath, for use as evidence in court

prima facie : accepted as so until proved otherwise

status quo : the existing state of affairs

infringement : violation of a law; encroachment on a right

fundamental rights : rights given to us by the constitution

mandamus certiorari : a writ issued by a court to a statutory authority directing it (to perform its
public duty.

summons : an order to appear in a law court (Note: summons - singular- summonses - plural)

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