Dictionary of Legal Terms

Damages
Money awarded as compensation for loss or injury to person, prope...

Damnum Absque Injuria
Literally, "a wrong without injury." The rule that, when a wrongf...

De Minimus Non Curat Lex
Literally, "The law does not cure trifles." The rule that a minim...

Declaration of Mental Health Treatment
A document that allows an individual to state his/her own prefere...

Deed
A document that transfers ownership of real property. See mortgag...

Deep Link
In cyberlaw, a link from one Web site to another that bypasses th...

Defamation
A public, derogatory and knowingly false statement about another'...

Default
1) In civil procedure, a failure to file a pleading (generally, a...

Defendant
The party against whom a civil action or criminal action is broug...

Definite Sentence
A prison or jail sentence for a specific time (say, two years), c...

Degree of Proof
The level of persuasiveness by which a case or defense must be es...

Delinquent Child
A delinquent child is one who commits any act (other than a juve...

Dependent Child
A child who is homeless, destitute, or without proper care or sup...

Deposition
A type of discovery in which the sworn testimony of a party, a wi...

Descent And Distribution
See statute of descent and distribution....

Developmental Delay
A delay in one or more areas of development (cognitive; physical,...

Direct Evidence
Evidence that was seen, touched or heard by a witness directly. F...

Direct Examination
The questioning (examination) of a witness in a legal proceeding ...

Disbarment
The revocation (taking away) of an attorney's license to practice...

Discharge of Debts
See bankruptcy....

Discovery
Any of various pretrial procedures by which a party to a case may...

Disposition
A final court determination regarding a lawsuit or a criminal cha...

Dispute Resolution
A means for resolving disputes that exists outside the state and ...

Dissolution of Marriage
The legal termination of a marriage by the joint request of the h...

Divorce
The legal termination of a marriage when the complaining party es...

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order
Under its DNR Comfort Care Protocol, the Ohio Department of Healt...

Domain
Computers that share a common part of an Internet address are sai...

Domestic Relations Division
In Ohio, a division of the common pleas court that deals with div...

Double Jeopardy
Properly, once in jeopardy, but also called former jeopardy. Both...

Double Taxation
In corporate law, the application of two layers of taxation: a co...

Dower Interest
The right of a surviving spouse to a one-third interest (for his ...

Dual Agency
In property law, dual agency refers to the representation of both...

Dual Taxation
See double taxation....

Due Process of Law
The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution provides tha...

Durable Power of Attorney For Health Care
A legal document (also called a "health care power of attorney" o...

Dynasty Trust
A form of trust that can hold property forever (in perpetuity). S...

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