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civil lawLaw concerned with disputes between people
jurisprudenceThe study of the law
bill of attainderA law that punishes a person accused of a crime without a fair hearing in court
petit juryA jury that hears trials
bench trialA trial by a judge
offenderA person who breaks the law
civil caseA case in which one party takes legal action against another party
testimonyThe statements a witness makes under oath
contempt of courtA charge of obstructing with the judicial process
suitThe formal complaint to the court in a legal action
hung juryA jury that cannot agree on a verdict
stare decisisThe practice of using earlier judicial rulings as a basis for deciding cases
penal codeThe criminal laws of a state
cross-examinationThe process of questioning a witness at a trial or hearing to check or discredit
acquittalA vote of not guilty
jurisdictionThe authority to hear and decide a case in a court of law
criminal caseA case in which a person is accused of breaking the law
larcenyThe unlawful taking of property
mandatory sentenceThe punishment required by law for a certain crime
summonsA notice directing someone to appear in court to answer a complaint or charge
grand juryA group of citizens that decides whether there is sufficient evidence to accuse
plantiffA person or party filing a lawsuit
prosecutionThe state's side of the proceedings in a criminal trial
defendantA person who is accused of a crime or is being sued
injunctionA court order commanding a person or group to stop a certain action

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