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Civics Legal Terms

Legal Terms for the Test

QuestionAnlic officerswer
Precedent A previous case or legal decision
Common law Law derivied from custom and judicial precedent
Laws A rule enacted or customary in a community and recognised as enjoying or prohibiting certain actions
Democreacy A system of government by the whole population
Civil law law concerning private rights
Belittles Make or seem unimportant
Feudal law The social system in medieval Europe
Court A body of persons precided over by a judge
Oral law A code of conduct in use in a given culture, religion or community
Trial by ordeal A judicial practise by which the guilt or innocense if the accused is determined by subjecting them a task
Trial by jury A legal proceeding where a jury makes a decision
Negligence The faliure to exercise the degree of care that, in the circumstances, law requires for the protection of other persons
Trespass An unlawful act causing injury, to the person, property or rights of another person
Defamation The act of false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another
Nuisance Something offansive or annoying to individuals or the community
Compensation Something given or recieved as an equivalent for services, debt, loss, injury or suffering
Plaintiff The party that institutes a suit in a court
Judge A public officer authorised to hear and decide cases in a court of law
Defendant A person or company against whom a claim or charge is brought in a court
Crimes A serious offence of unlawful activity
Homicide The killing of one human being by another
Manslaughter A killing of human being by another
Prosecute To product criminal proceedings in court
Magistrate A civil officer charged with he administration of the law
Created by: harveyr