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Of or pertaining to the system of rules which a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and which it may enforce by the imposition of penalties.

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voir dire

Law; US law

Questioning of prospective jurors to determine their fitness to sit for a case; also, questioning of potential witnesses to determine the relevance of their testimony.

official reports

Law; US law

Law books containing opinion of the court, also called cases. A report, as opposed to a reporter, is generally official, meaning it is published by or under the authority of the ...

officer of the court

Law; US law

A judge, bailiff, sheriff, etc.Lawyers are also officers of the court and have fundamental obligations to uphold the integrity and expectations of the court.

hearsay rule

Law; US law

In-court testimony of an out of court statement made by someone other than the in-court witness for the purpose of establishing the truth of matters asserted.

philadelphia lawyer

Law; US law

A shrewd and learned lawyer belonging to America's center of learning.

appointment clause

Law; US law

The clause of the U.S. Constitution giving the President the power to nominate federal judges and other officials.

habeas corpus

Law; US law

A writ employed to bring a person before a court, most frequently to ensure that the party's imprisonment or detension is not illegal.