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Legal Term Glossary

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Record on Appeal

Those papers, transcripts and exhibits from the trial court that are forwarded to the appellate court for review.


The second questioning of a witness by the side that called the witness.


To send back; an appellate court may remand a case to the trial court for retrial or other action.

Res Judicata

A thing adjudged. Once a particular case or controversy has been judicially decided in a legal proceeding, it is final and cannot be heard again.


A person is said to rest or rest its case when it has presented all of the evidence it intends to offer.


Criminal: Payment of money to reimburse the economic loss suffered by the victim because of the actions of the defendant.

Eviction: An enforcement order of an eviction. After a specified period of time if a tenant who has been evicted stays on the property a writ of restitution allows a sheriff or constable to remove the tenant from the property and allows the landlord to change the locks on the residence.

Synonyms - Writ of Restitution

The electoral process by which voters decide whether judges will continue to serve another term in their current judicial capacity.


Decision of an appellate court to change all or part of the decision of a lower court.