Basic Litigation Terms

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Whether you are a law student, a defendant, or a victim working with the prosecution, the complex litigation process can seem like another language. There are a few key terms that individuals should become familiar with before entering into a court setting. To begin with, an acquittal is an important term for the defense; in the case of an acquittal, either a judge has deemed the current evidence lacking and not substantial enough to continue a trial, or a jury has returned with a non-guilty verdict. In either case, the trial is over. In order for the prosecution to avoid an acquittal, all of the evidence used in the case must be considered admissible. This means that the evidence adheres to the letter of the law and can be presented in court to a judge and jury.

A common litigation term heard in the mainstream is “objection.” The expression is most commonly heard when one side of the litigation breaks procedure in order to make their case, forcing the opposing side to object. If the judge sustains the objection, the offender must cease their line of questioning or withdraw unsanctioned evidence.