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2.5 Individual Right

appellate process the process of asking a higher court to decide whether a trial was conducted properly
ex post facto a Latin term meaning “after the fact”
ex post facto law a law that makes an act a crime after the crime has been committed
habeas corpus the principle that keeps the government from holding a citizen indefinitely without showing cause
independent judiciary the principle that decisions from the courts are fair and impartial and are not subject to undue influence from the other branches of government
public interest common benefit, the general of the public
precedent a court decision in an earlier case with facts and legal issues similar to those in a case currently before a court
privacy not in public
safeguard to protect
summary judgment a judgment decided by a trial court without that case going to trial; a summary judgment is an attempt to stop a case from going to trial
writ law