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affidavit

affidavit

/ˌæfəˈdeɪvət/
noun
a written statement affirmed by oath or pledge that can be used as evidence in court

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to acquit

to acquit

/əˈkwɪt/
verb
officially deciding and declaring in a law court that someone is not guilty of a crime

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annulment

annulment

/ˈænəɫmənt/
noun
(law) a formal termination (of a relationship or a judicial proceeding etc)

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binding

binding

/ˈbaɪndɪŋ/
adjective
legally impossible to avoid and must be obeyed
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I'll undo the binding.

The screw on her binding is undone.

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conveyance

conveyance

/kənˈveɪəns/
noun
document effecting a property transfer

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to countersign

to countersign

/kˈaʊntɚsˌaɪn/
verb
add one's signature to after another's to attest authenticity

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to cuff

to cuff

/ˈkəf/
verb
confine or restrain with or as if with manacles or handcuffs

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debenture

debenture

/dəˈbɛntʃɝ/
noun
a certificate or voucher acknowledging a debt

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decree

decree

/dɪˈkɹi/
noun
an official authoritative decision or judgment, especially one made by a government or the ruler of a country

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to draw up

to draw up

/dɹˈɔː ˈʌp/
verb
**** To compose or prepare a document
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Ferris revised the proposal three times and drew up many more drafts of engineering plans.

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to enforce

to enforce

/ɛnˈfɔɹs/
verb
to ensure that a law or rule is followed

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impeachment

impeachment

/ˌɪmˈpitʃmənt/
noun
a formal document charging a public official with misconduct in office
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An impeachment investigation is underway and members of Cuomo's own party called for his resignation.

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indictment

indictment

/ˌɪnˈdaɪtmənt/
noun
a formal accusation of a crime
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Was it an early indictment of market-driven economies?

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to infringe

to infringe

/ˌɪnˈfɹɪndʒ/
verb
to go against a rule, law, term of agreement, etc.

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tribunal

tribunal

/tɹəbˈjunəɫ/
noun
an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business

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inquest

inquest

/ˈɪnˌkwɛst/
noun
an inquiry into the cause of an unexpected death

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intestacy

intestacy

/ɪntˈɛstəsi/
noun
the situation of being or dying without a legally valid will

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judiciary

judiciary

/dʒuˈdɪʃiˌɛɹi/
noun
the part of a country's government that administers the legal system, including all its judges

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legislation

legislation

/ˌɫɛdʒəˈsɫeɪʃən/
noun
a law or a set of laws passed by a legislative body, such as a parliament

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legitimate

legitimate

/ɫəˈdʒɪtəmət/
adjective
in compliance with the law or regulations

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legislature

legislature

/ˈɫɛdʒəˌsɫeɪtʃɝ/
noun
persons who make or amend or repeal laws

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to litigate

to litigate

/ˈɫɪtɪˌɡeɪt/
verb
institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against

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magistrate

magistrate

/ˈmædʒəˌstɹeɪt/, /ˈmædʒɪˌstɹeɪt/
noun
a person who acts as a judge in a law court and deals with minor offenses
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That is quite correct,' the magistrate answered. '

Yes, certainly,' the magistrate answered.

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memorandum

memorandum

/ˌmɛmɝˈændəm/
noun
*** a document recording the terms of a contract or other legal details.

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to overturn

to overturn

/ˈoʊvɝˌtɝn/
verb
to reverse, abolish, or invalidate something, especially a legal decision

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to pardon

to pardon

/ˈpɑɹdən/
verb
to discharge a criminal from the legal consequences of a conviction or violation

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parole

parole

/pɝˈoʊɫ/
noun
(law) permission for a prisoner to leave prison before the end of their imprisonment sentence, on the condition of good conduct

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plaintiff

plaintiff

/ˈpɫeɪnəf/, /ˈpɫeɪntəf/
noun
a person who brings a lawsuit against someone else in a court

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to plead

to plead

/ˈpɫid/
verb
to state in a court of law, in front of the judge and the jury, whether someone is guilty or not guilty of a crime

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proceedings

proceedings

/pɹəˈsidɪŋz/, /pɹoʊˈsidɪŋz/
noun
actions taken in a court of law in order to settle an argument

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provision

provision

/pɹəˈvɪʒən/
noun
a stipulated condition

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prosecution

prosecution

/ˌpɹɑsəkˈjuʃən/
noun
the process of bringing someone to court in an attempt to prove their guilt

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waiver

waiver

/ˈweɪvɝ/
noun
an official statement according to which one gives up their legal right or claim

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to void

to void

/ˈvɔɪd/
verb
to announce that something is no longer legally valid or binding

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testimony

testimony

/ˈtɛstəˌmoʊni/
noun
a formal statement saying something is true, particularly made by a witness in court

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statute

statute

/ˈstætʃut/
noun
an officially written and established law

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to testify

to testify

/ˈtɛstəˌfaɪ/
verb
to make a statement as a witness in court saying something is true

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to abide by

to abide by

/ɐbˈaɪd bˈaɪ/
verb
to accept a rule, decision, or recommendation without objection

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to remand

to remand

/ɹɪˈmænd/
verb
refer (a matter or legal case) to another committee or authority or court for decision

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to uphold

to uphold

/əpˈhoʊɫd/
verb
(particularly of a law court) to state that a previous decision is correct

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