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Sentence

Punishment set by the court within the range of punishments authorized by statute.

Settlement

An agreement that provides satisfaction to one or both individuals in a civil lawsuit in return for dismissal of the case.

Small Claims Division

Special division established within each justice court to legally resolve claims that do not exceed $2,500.

Statute

Law enacted by the Legislature and published as the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.).

Subpoena

An order to compel someone to come to a court at a certain date and time; there are penalties if that person does not come to court.  Subpoena duces tecum is the technical name for a subpoena for production of evidence.

Summons

A document given to a sheriff or other officer that tells the person named in the summons that a lawsuit has been started against them in court, and what day and time they have to show up at court.

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Supersedeas Bond

A bond or amount of money, usually the amount of the judgment, that stays with the court while an appeal is in process.

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