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Paralegal, Handout

Rhonda Hadnot

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1.Consolidates separately-run courts into one all-encompassing court system that is centrally gov
7.An order from a superior court to a lower court or tribunal directing the judge and the parties to cease the litigation because the lower court does not have proper jurisdiction to hear or determine the matters before it; rarely used
9.In its Constitutional role as sole trier of cases of impeachment, may convene whether or not the Senate is then in session. A quorum of the Court shall be 2/3 of its members
14.Order by a higher court directing a lower court, tribunal, or public authority to send the record in a given case for review. grants the petitioner an opportunity to appeal the decision of a lower court in a case where he or she does not have a right to appeal
18.An abbreviation of the Latin ibidem, meaning "in the same place; in the same book; on the same page"
19.The authority of a court to hold a trial, as distinguished from appellate jurisdiction to hear appeals from trial judgments
2.Indicates that a citation is identical to the immediate past one
3.A system of justice designed to supplement the common law by taking action in a reasonable and fair manner which results in just outcome
4.A writ calling the attention of the trial court to facts which do not appear on the record despite the exercise of reasonable diligence by the defendant and which if known and established at the time a judgment was rendered would have resulted in a different judgment
5.A general civil case that involves an amount of money of $25,000 or less
6."Issued by a superior court to compel a lower court or a government officer to perform mandatory or purely ministerial duties correctly
8.Sources of information that describe or interpret the law, such as legal treatises, law review articles, and other scholarly legal writings, cited by lawyers to persuade a court to reach a particular decision in a case, but which the court is not obligated to follow
10.A writ (court order) which directs the law enforcement officials who have custody of a prisoner to appear in court with the prisoner in order to determine the legality of the prisoner's confinement
11.An antiquated term for any writ (court order) directed to government agencies, public officials, or another court
12.Primary authority mainly consists of statutes, decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, and all judicial decisions handed down by the same court or a higher court within the same judicial system
13.A legal proceeding during which an individual's right to hold an office or governmental privilege is challenged
15.Name given to a writ, a court order, from a higher court commanding a lower court to suspend a particular proceeding
16.Directed toward or effecting a disposition
17.Reference to a legal authority—such as a case, constitution, or treatise—where particular information may be found
20.A term used in legal research to indicate that the matter under current consideration has appeared in the preceding pages of the text in which the reference is made

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