A defense claim that the accused was somewhere else at the time a crime wascommitted.
To transfer (lands, title) to another.
A transfer of title or property to another.
Also called maintenance or spousal support. In a divorce or separation, the money paidby one spouse to the other in order to fulfill the financial obligation that comes withmarriage.
The assertion, declaration, or statement of a party to an action, made in a pleading,establishing what the party expects to prove.
Land owned independently, without rent or other obligation to another. See FreeholdEstate. The alodial (also 'allodial') system is opposed to the feudal system.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR)
Methods of resolving disputes outside of official court proceedings. These methodsinclude mediation arbitration, and conciliation.
Latin for "friend of the court." Refers to a party that is allowed to provide information(usually in the form of a legal brief) to a court even though the party is not directlyinvolved in the case at hand.
Yearly judicial review, usually in juvenile dependency cases, to determine whether thechild requires continued court supervision or placement.
A legal decree that states that a marriage was never valid. Has the legal effect of wipingout a marriage as though it never existed.
In a civil case, the defendant's written response to the plaintiff's complaint. It must befiled within a specified period of time, and it either admits to or (more typically) deniesthe factual or legal basis for liability.
A request to a supervisory court usually composed of a panel of judges, to overturn thelegal ruling of a lower court.
The litigant who brings the appeal.