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Category Archives: Words of Law

Word(s) of the month – judge Posted on Aug 20

Word(s) of the month - judge

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 judge. judge, n. (14c) A public official appointed or elected to hear and decide legal matters in court; a judicial officer who   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the month – judge

Word(s) of the Month – rule of law Posted on Jun 7

Word(s) of the Month - rule of 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 rule of law. rule of law. (18c) 1. A substantive legal principle <under the rule of law known as respondeat superior, the employer   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – rule of law

Word(s) of the Month – search warrant Posted on Apr 10

Word(s) of the Month - search warrant

  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 search warrant. search warrant, n. (18c) Criminal law. A judge’s written order authorizing a law-enforcement officer to conduct a search of a   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – search warrant

Word(s) of the Month – in pari delicto Posted on Jun 1

Word(s) of the Month - in pari delicto

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  in pari delicto. in pari delicto (in par-I dә-lik-toh), adv. [Latin “in equal fault’] Equally at fault <the court denied   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – in pari delicto

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