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Word(s) of the Month – Common Law Posted on Feb 15

Word(s) of the Month - Common Law

Words of Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is common law. common law, n. [fr. Law French commen ley “common law”] (14c)  1.The body of law derived from judicial   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – Common Law

Word(s) of the month- Voir Dire Posted on Jan 11

Word(s) of the month- Voir Dire

  Words of Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is voir dire. voir dire (vwahr deer also vor deer or vor dir) n. [Law French “to speak the truth”]   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the month- Voir Dire

Word(s) of the Month – stare decisis Posted on Nov 21

Word(s) of the Month - stare decisis

Words of Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is stare decisis. stare decisis (Stahr-ee di-sI-sis or stair-ee), n. [Latin “to stand by things decided”] (18c) The doctrine of precedent,   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – stare decisis

Word(s) of the Month- Discovery Posted on Oct 14

Word(s) of the Month- Discovery

  Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s word is discovery. discovery, n. 1. The act or process of finding or learning something that was previously unknown <after making   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month- Discovery

Word(s) of the Month: adverse possession Posted on Sep 1

Word(s) of the Month: adverse possession

Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is adverse possession. adverse possession (18c) 1. The enjoyment of real property with a claim of right when that enjoyment is opposed   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month: adverse possession

Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem Posted on Jul 29

Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem

  Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is “ guardian ad litem” Guardian ad litem  (ad Li-tem) (18c) A guardian, usu. a lawyer, appointed by the court to appear   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem

Word(s) of the Month: eminent domain Posted on Jun 9

Word(s) of the Month: eminent domain

Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is  “eminent domain.” “eminent domain. (18c) The inherent power of a governmental entity to take privately owned property, esp. land, and   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month: eminent domain

Word(s) of the Month: With and Without Prejudice Posted on May 9

Word(s) of the Month:   With and Without Prejudice

  Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrases are “ with prejudice” and “ without prejudice.” With prejudice, adv. With loss of all rights; in a way that finally disposes   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month: With and Without Prejudice

Word(s) of the Month: sua sponte Posted on Apr 7

Word(s) of the Month: sua sponte

Words of Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is sua sponte. sua sponte (s[y]oo- Ə spon-tee). [Latin “of one’s own accord; voluntarily”] Without prompting or suggestion; on its own   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month: sua sponte

Word(s) of the Month: Certiorari Posted on Mar 7

Word(s) of the Month: Certiorari

  Words of Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s word is certiorari. Certiorari: (ser-shee-rair-ee)[Law Latin “to be more fully informed.”] An extraordinary writ issued by an appellate court, at its   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month: Certiorari