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Waiver

Arizona Legal Glossary
Waiver:

/ˈwāvər/

noun

The process of deliberately surrendering a known right or privilege. Though a waiver is normally in writing, an individual’s actions can sometimes act as one.

Regulations had restricted the size of banks, but the government issued a waiver to banks that exceeded the legal limits. 

Warrant

Arizona Legal Glossary
Warrant:

/ˈwôrənt,ˈwä-/

noun

A court authorization that allows for the arrest of a suspect or a search of an individual’s property. Typically, law enforcement officers will apply for a warrant from a judge.

With a warrant for arrest granted, the police were confident the suspect would be apprehended quickly.

Voluntary Acknowledgement

Arizona Legal Glossary
Voluntary Acknowledgement:

A process that allows parents to establish paternity without the need for legal action.

Both parties agreed that voluntary acknowledgement was the best option, as establishing paternity allowed them to move on.

Uncontested

Arizona Legal Glossary
Uncontested:

/ˌənkənˈtestid/

adjective

Refers to a case in which all issues are resolved and agreed upon by all relevant parties. It is normal for the parties to file a stipulation and proposed order with the court.

The uncontested divorce meant the entire process was a smooth and stress-free affair.

Transcript

Arizona Legal Glossary
Transcript:

/ˈtranˌskript/

noun

A word-for-word account of court proceedings that is official.

The transcript had to be carefully checked to ensure there were no errors.

Testimony

Arizona Legal Glossary
Testimony:

/ˈtestəˌmōnē/

noun

This is comprised of statements made by witnesses who have taken an oath to tell the truth. Testimony from witnesses can be oral or in document form.

The testimony of the witness was damning for the defense.

Superior Court

Arizona Legal Glossary
Superior Court:

A trial court that has a courthouse in every county in the state. The Superior Court has jurisdiction over all criminal cases and civil cases where claims are more than $200.

The Superior Court heard a civil case where the plaintiff was seeking damages of $1,000.

Small Claims Court

Arizona Legal Glossary
Small Claims Court:

A court that presides over small claims cases and can award claims up to a certain amount. The Justice of the Peace Court is the venue for these proceedings, which are less formal than in other court settings.

The parties represented themselves in small claims court, and the plaintiff was awarded a sum of $200.

Rest

Arizona Legal Glossary
Rest:

/rest/

noun

Once one side of a case has presented all of its evidence, it is said to rest its case.

The prosecution was confident it had presented enough evidence to win the trial, so it decided to rest its case.

Respondent

Arizona Legal Glossary
Respondent:

/riˈspändənt/

noun

The party who answers a complaint during a civil case; also refers to the individual who has had an appeal brought against him.

The respondent was adamant that he was innocent of the charges made against him.

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