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civil law

chapter 5 terminology

Term Definition
distinguish when a court decides that the main facts of a case are sufficiently different to a precdent to make the precedent not binding on that court.
disapprove when court expresses disapproval of a previouse precedent but is still bound by it.
common law decisions made by judges that form part of the law.
binding precedent a decision of a higher court that must be followed by lower courts in the same hierarchy.
defendent person against whom a civil legal action is taken.
damages a civil remedy that aims to compenstate the person who has been wornged for the injury or loss suffered.
defamation written or verbal statements that lower a person's reputation in the eyes of the community.
court hierarchy the ranking accourding to theseriousness of the matters they deal with.
Created by: gra0042