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BANJA LUKA UNIVERSITY LAW FACULTY BANJA LUKA Course: Legal English Week: 25th – 29th March 2013

Class: III (third)  Civil Court Systems. Persons in court. - Claimant (US plaintiff) – person who initiates a civil lawsuit - Defendant/respondent – person who is sued in a civil lawsuit - Advocate – person who pleads cases in court - Judge – public official who has the authority to hear and decide cases - Bailiff – officer of the court whose duties include keeping order and assisting the judge and jurors - Expert witness – person who has specialised knowledge of a particular subject who is called to testify in court - Appellant (US petitioner) – person who appeals a decision to a higher court - Clerk – employee who takes records, files papers and issues processes - Reasonably prudent person – hypothetical person who uses good judgment or common sense in handling practical matters Documents in court. - Affidavit – a written statement that somebody makes after they have sworn officially to tell the truth, which might be used as proof in court - Answer – the principal pleading by the defendant in response to a complaint - Brief – a document or set of documents containing the details about a court case - Complaint – in civil law, the first pleading filed on behalf of a plaintiff, which initiates a lawsuit, setting forth the facts on which the claim is based - Injunction – an official order from a court for a person to stop doing something - Motion – an application to a court to obtain an order, ruling or decision - Notice – a document providing notification of a fact, claim or proceeding - Pleading – a formal written statement setting forth the cause of action or the defence in a case - Writ – a document informing someone that they will be involved in a legal process and instructing them what they must do Useful phrases. - To draft a document - To issue a document - To file a document with an authority - To serve a document on someone/to serve someone with a document - To submit a document to an authority Legal Latin. - Ad hoc; et alii (at al.); et cetera (etc.); exempli gratia (e.g.); id est (i.e.); per se; sic; versus (vs. or v.); de facto; ipso facto; inter alia; per annum; per diem; pro forma; pro rata; quorum; ulta vires Advocate. - Barrister; solicitor; in-house counsel; Legal education. - The Bar; - A call to the Bar;

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