Legal Term Glossary

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A formal accusation by the Arizona House of Representatives that a public official committed misconduct in office.


A series of acts that happened over any period of time that are purposefully directed at a specific person. The acts are those that serve no legitimate purpose and would cause a reasonable person to be seriously alarmed, annoyed, or harassed. A single incident, no matter how bothersome, does not constitute harassment for purposes of a protective order.

Gross Income

The total income before deductions, exemptions, or tax reductions.

Synonyms - gross monthly income
Green Cards

Documents that authorize someone to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.

Grand Jury

A group of 12 to 16 citizens who usually serve a term of not more than 120 days to hear or investigate charges of criminal behavior. Their indictment, called a true bill, leads to a court trial of the person charged.

General Jurisdiction Court

Court that has authority to hear all legal actions not assigned exclusively to another court.

Synonyms - Superior Court

A serious crime, punishable by imprisonment by the Department of Corrections. In some cases, the death penalty may be imposed.


Fines/Fees and Restitution Enforcement Program is a collection program for the courts.

Synonyms - F.A.R.E.

To be released or cleared of charges, to acquit

Ex Parte

Latin phrase for relief that is sought (and may be granted) without notice to the opposing person. Commonly used in obtaining an order of protection.


Legal action that takes land, a residence, or property from the temporary resident and back into the possession of the owner or landlord.

Synonyms - Forcible entry and detainer
Domestic Relations

Area of law dealing primarily with family issues such as divorce, child support, custody and visitation.


The ending of a marriage by court order.

Synonyms - dissolution of marriage

An agreement to terminate all or part of a lawsuit.


The pretrial process by which one entity becomes aware of the evidence gathered by the other entity.

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