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Glossary of Common Terms
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LCA (Lower Court Appeal) A category of civil cases involving non-traffic and civil appeals from a justice of the peace or municipal court. Laches Negligence or unreasonable delay in pursuing a legal remedy. Law Enforcement Officer A peace officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff, municipal police officer or constable. Lease Any oil, gas or other mineral lease. Legal Assistant A person who assists a lawyer in duties related to the practice of law but is not a licensed attorney. Legal Separation A court order establishing the terms of custody, support, etc., under which a married couple will live separately. The petition for legal separation is filed and processed the same way a dissolution petition is processed. Letters Letters testamentary, letters of guardianship, letters of administration and letters of conservatorship. Written evidence of authority to act as personal representative, guardian or conservator. Limited Jurisdiction Court A court that may hear and decide limited types of cases. In Arizona these are justice and municipal courts. Limited Scope Refers to a notice of limited scope representation filed by an attorney on behalf of a litigant when the attorney and litigant have come to an agreement that the attorney will appear on the litigant's behalf only on certain specified issues, not the entire case. Lis Pendens "Litigation pending". Filed and recorded in Office of County Recorder to warn others that the title to certain property is in litigation. List of Witnesses and Exhibits A document filed by parties to a lawsuit listing all witnesses and exhibits intended to be used at trial. Litigant A person who chooses to litigate a domestic or legal matter within the court system. (Re-litigant: A person who has made it his/her life's mission to constantly use the court system to solve sometimes irrelevant and antiquated domestic issues.) Lower Court Appeal (LCA) A category of civil cases involving non-traffic and civil appeals from a justice of the peace or municipal court. return to top
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