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Glossary Results - J

This is a Legal Dictionary for visitor reference. Please click on the letter below to search by alphabet or use the search form to find the term you are looking for.

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Joint and several liability - A legal doctrine that makes each of the parties who are responsible for an injury, liable for all the damages awarded in a lawsuit if the other parties responsible cannot pay.

joint custody - When parents who do not live together arrange to share in the upbringing of a child.  

joint tenancy - When two or more people own property and the right to ownership of the property passes to the remaining owners upon the death of one of the joint tenants.  

judge - Official of the judicial branch with authority to decide lawsuits brought by before the courts.  

judgment - The official decision of the court that resolves the dispute and determines the rights and obligations of the parties of the lawsuit.  

Judgment Debtor - One who owes money as a result of a judgment in favor of a creditor.

Judicial Lien - A lien obtained by judgment or other judicial process against a debtor.

Judicial Review - The authority of a court to review the official actions of other branches of government. Also, the authority to declare unconstitutional the actions of other branches.

Judiciary - The branch of government invested with judicial power to interpret and apply the law, the court system; the body of judges; then bench.

Jurat - Certificate of person and officer before whom a writing is sworn to.

jurisdiction - A courts authority to hear and decide a case.  

jurisprudence - Study of the legal system and law.  

juror - One who serves on a jury.  

jury - Group of people, usually twelve, selected to hear the evidence in a trial and render a verdict on matters of fact.  

Jury Administrator - The court officer responsible for choosing the panel of persons to serve as potential jurors for a particular court term.

jury instructions - Directions to the jury, made by the judge, before it begins deliberations regarding the factual questions it must answer and the legal rules that it must apply.  

Justifiable - Issues and claims capable of being properly examined in court.  

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