An attorney appointed and paid by the state who defends a person in a criminal case after the court finds that the person is indigent–financially unable to hire a private attorney.
A criminal court order issued by a judge to protect a family or household member.
Also called the state’s attorney. Represents the state in a criminal case against a defendant.
To carry on a case or judicial proceeding. To proceed against a person criminally.
Conference with attorneys to determine scope of possible trial with view toward resolving issues through agreement.
In a civil case, a conference with a judge or trial referee to discuss discovery and settlement. In a criminal case, a conference with the prosecutor, defense attorney and judge to discuss the case status and what will happen next.
The legal responsibility of a property owner or occupier of a property to provide compensation for persons who sustain certain injuries while on their premises. For example, a person who is hurt from a slip and fall accident caused by a spill may be able to sue the property owner for negligence.
A hearing where the judge decides whether there is enough evidence to require the defendant to go to trial. Preliminary hearings do not require the same rules as trials. For example, hearsay is often admissible during the preliminary hearing but not at trial.
The person who sues or starts a civil case, also called the petitioner or the complainant.
Another word for plaintiff, the person starting the lawsuit.