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Glossary of Courtroom Terms

Find the definition of common terms used in the courtroom.

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Affirm

Allegations

Answer

Appeal

Appearance

Appellate Court

Arraignment

Associate Judge

Bail

Bond

Burden of Proof

Cause

Challenge for Cause

Chambers

Charge

Chief Judge

Circuit Clerk

Circuit Judge

Civil Case

Civil Complaint

Common Law

Continuance

Counterclaim

Court Administrator

Court Officer

Court Reporter

Courtroom Clerk

Criminal Case

Criminal Complaint

Cross-Examination

Damages

De Novo

Defendant

Deposition

Direct Examination

Discovery

Due Process

Evidence

Exhibit

Grand Jury

Habeas Corpus

Hearsay

Hung Jury

Impeachment of Witness

Inadmissible

Indictment

Indigent

Information

Judgment

Liable

Mandamus

Mitigating Circumstances

Motions

Negligence

Overruled

Parties

Peremptory Challenge

Perjury

Petit Jury

Plaintiff

Plea Bargaining

Plea

Pleadings

Preponderance of Evidence

Pro Se

Probable Cause

Probation

Quid Pro Quo

Redirect Examination

Remand

Respondent

Statute of Limitations

Statute

Stipulation

Subpoena

Sustain

Testimony

Transcript

Venire

Venue

Verdict

Voir Dire

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