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Glossary of Common Terms
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Referee A type of master appointed by a court to assist with certain proceedings. Referral (juvenile law) A report submitted to the juvenile court alleging that a child is dependent or incorrigible or that a juvenile has committed a delinquent or criminal act. Registered Applies to mail, includes certified mail. Registrar The official of the court designated to perform the functions of the registrar. Release Order An order prepared by the clerk and signed by the judge releasing a defendant from custody. Remand (civil law, family law) To send a case back to another court or agency for further action. (criminal law) To return a case to a lower court or grand jury for further proceedings. Remittitur To reduce the amount of a verdict when damages awarded by the jury appear to be excessive. Replevin Action A suit in which an owner seeks to regain possession of specific personal property that has been taken or held by another party. Request for Assignment A request for an order of assignment to deduct from an obligor's wages in order to pay support. Request to Stop A motion to quash as it relates to a wage assignment. Resolution Management Conference An initial hearing before a judicial officer in an effort to resolve issues prior to the final entry of decree or judgment in a contested case. Respondent The receiving or defendant party in a case; a person who answers a petition. Response/Answer A written reply to any document requesting court action. Revocation Arraignment A hearing based on a petition to revoke probation filed by a Probation Officer, to give the probationer an opportunity to admit or deny such allegations. Revoke To cancel or nullify a legal document. Rule 11 Presreen A hearing to determine if a formal Rule 11 hearing needs to be conducted in order to determine if a defendant is competent to help in his/her defense at trial or was incompetent at the time of the commission of the offense. A formal Rule 11 hearing is held before a criminal court commissioner. Rule 26.5 Hearing A hearing to determine a defendant's mental condition, ability to be rehabilitated and/or risk to the community. A Rule 26.5 report is prepared for sentencing purposes. Rule 32 See "Post-Conviction Relief". Rule 609 Hearing A hearing to determine if a witness's prior conviction can be used to impeach his testimony. This includes defense and prosecution witnesses and the defendant. return to top
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