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Glossary of Legal Definitions

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The following list of legal definitions taken from the California Court's website may be useful in your California Family Law case. For further definitions in other areas of law not covered here, please visit the California Court's website.


Restraining Order

A court order that tells a person to stop doing something for a certain amount of time, usually until a court hearing is held. (See also injunction.)


When an appellate court sets aside the decision of a trial court. A reversal is often accompanied by a remand to the lower court for further proceedings.

Review And Adjustment

Process in which current financial information is obtained from both parties in a child support case by a IV-D agency and evaluated to decide if a support order needs to be adjusted.


Evidence presented at trial by 1 party in order to overcome evidence introduced by another party.


The act of voiding or canceling something, usually probation or a driver’s license.


A short break in a trial ordered by the judge. (See also adjournment; compare continuance.)


A relationship in which 1 state gives certain privileges to other states or the citizens of other states on the condition that the first state and its citizens receive the same privileges in those other states.


A written account of the proceedings in a case, including all pleadings, evidence, exhibits, and judgment submitted during the case.

Record On Appeal

A copy of the pleadings, evidence, exhibits, orders, and judgment, filed in a case in a trial court and atranscript of the testimony from the case.

Records Retention And Disposal Schedule

A system or plan covering all records kept by a court that states what records may be disposed of and when.

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