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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.

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Trial Court

The first court to consider a case, generally the superior court. (Compare appellate court.)

Temporary Judge

An attorney that volunteers his or her time to hear and decide cases. Also called a “pro tem judge.”

Trust Fund

Money, stocks, bonds, or securities held under the control of someone for the use and benefit of another.

Temporary Restraining Order

A court order, sometimes called a “TRO,” that says a person must not do certain things that are likely to cause harm that can’t be fixed. Unlike an injunction, it can be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held. TROs are often used in domestic violence cases to protect a person from violence or the threat of violence.

Trust Items

The specific things held in trust.

Terminal

A machine connected to a computer system that lets the user enter, see, or print information.

Trustee

(1) The person that has custody of or control over funds or items for the benefit of another; (2) in a bankruptcy case, a person appointed to represent the interests of the bankruptcy estate and the unsecured creditors. The trustee’s responsibilities may include selling the property of the estate, making distributions to creditors, and bringing actions against creditors or the debtor to recover property of the bankruptcy estate.

Testify

To give evidence under oath as a witness in a court proceeding.

Testimony

Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials, before grand juries, or during administrative proceedings.

Third-Party Action

Generally, an action taken by anyone that is not a party to an underlying contract, agreement, or other transaction.


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