How to Understand Basic Legal Terms

Law terminology

Like any other profession lawyers have their own language that leaves everyone else scratching their heads and wondering what was just said. Normally, that is not a big deal but when you are going through a divorce, get into an accident or even if you just want to understand the crime show you are watching on television it is nice to know some legal terms. Below we will talk about how to learn some of the more basic legal terminology so you at least look smart the next time you are talking to your lawyer.

If you are involved in a court proceeding then knowing some basic law terms like who the plaintiff is as opposed to who the defendant is might be a good idea. For example, if your husband sues you for a divorce you are the defendant. Law terminology can be confusing at times but a basic knowledge of the simplest legal terms will help you in the long run.

It is a good idea to know what jurisdiction the court you are going to is in. Jurisdiction is the court that is over the matter you are going to court for. For example, if you are going in front of a judge for a criminal activity that would fall under a federal court level not a misdemeanor court.
One of the most important legal terms people need to learn is what a subpoena is. If you are served with a subpoena that means that you are being summoned to appear in court for some reason or another.

The one thing you do not do is ignore a summons to court. Failure to appear, which means not showing up, could result in jail time and a fine if you are not careful.
Legal terms may not be necessary in everyday life but it is a good idea to at least learn the basic ones. You never know when you might need them to impress someone or even to defend yourself from some kind of trouble.

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