Law Vocabulary

This page shows twenty words and phrases typically used in the context of law, which you can also find in the free ebook Top 20 Business Vocabulary.
  term meaning
1 attorney n. 1 a person appointed to act for or represent another 2US lawyer
2 barristerUK n. a lawyer who pleads before a superior court
3 brief n. 1UK instructions to a barrister - also v. 2US written statement of facts
4 case n. statement of the facts in a trial, esp. the argument of one side
5 contract n. a formal agreement, usually in writing, between two or more parties
6 court of law n. the place where law cases are heard and decided; court - courtroom n.
7 evidence n. information presented to a court to prove or support a point in question
8 guilty adj. responsible for wrong; culpable - guilt n. not guilty adj.
9 judge n. official with authority to hear and decide cases in a court of law - also v.
10 jury n. a group of people chosen to hear the evidence of a case and give a decision
11 lawsuit n. a trial at court between two private parties
12 lawyer n. a person trained in law and who advises or represents others
13 plead v. 1 to defend a law case 2 to declare oneself to be guilty or not guilty - plea n.
14 sentence n. 1 decision of a court, esp. as to the punishment 2 the punishment - also v.
15 solicitor n. 1UK lawyer advising clients & briefing barristers 2US law officer for a city etc
16 sue v. to start legal action against someone in a court of law - lawsuit n.
17 sum up v. to summarise & review the evidence of a case - summing up n.
18 trial n. a formal examination of a case in a court of law - to try v.
19 verdict n. the formal decision or finding of a judge or jury
20 without prejudice without detriment or damage to a legal right or claim