Legal Term Glossary

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Statements made by witnesses who have taken an oath or affirmed that they will tell the truth.


Official written, word-for-word record of court proceedings.


Formal presentation of facts to a court or jury in order to reach a legal decision.

Trial de Novo

A new trial that is held upon appeal from a non-record court, or from appeal of an arbitration award.

True Bill

An indictment by a grand jury.


Handing over property or money to one person, to be held for the benefit of another person.

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