Most Misunderstood Legal Courthouse Terms D-F

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Most Misunderstood Legal Courthouse Terms  D-F


Deadlocked – When a jury cannot reach a verdict due to irreconcilable differences of opinion.  The fact that a jury has ben deliberating for several days does not mean that the jury is deadlocked

Declaration – A written statement made by witnesses, not under oath, subjecting them to perjury for its violation

Default Judgment – A judgment entered after failure of a party to appear, or plead, or take some required step in a case at the appointed time

Demurrer (de’-M’er) – A challenge to the legal sufficiency of a complaint of information

Deposition – Written or oral testimony, out of court, given under oath in front of an authorized third person such as a court reporter.

Disposition – The conclusion of a case by dismissal judgment or verdict.

Dissolution of Marriage – The act of terminating a marriage; divorce

Docket – A record with the complete history of each case.  It contains short chronological summaries of the court proceedings.  This is often referred to as the register of actions in civil cases.

Doe – Used in legal papers to refer to any person whose name is unknown at the time of the filing of the pleadings.

Exonerate Bail – The refund of a bail deposit to the depositor

Ex Parte Criminal – (Eks-partee) criminal – One side speaking with the judge without the other side being present and may be with or without giving the opposite side notice of the communication

Expungement – Official and formal erasure of a record or partial contents of a record.  The record of a felony conviction cannot be expunged

Felony – A crime punishable by death or imprisonment in state prison

Fine – A sum of money a person must pay as punishment for a crime or act


Courtesy of Los Angeles Superior Court 2014


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