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What Is Amicus Curiae?

Derived from Latin, Amicus Curiae is a phrase translating to “friend of the court”. This term refers to an individual or entity that is not directly involved in a court case, but shows a strong interest in it. A party considered to be amicus curiae may petition the court to file a document that...

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What Is a Cause of Action?

Before an individual or party files a civil or criminal claim in a court of law, the litigant must present a cause of action, otherwise known as a justification. The cause of action is the basis of the suit filed and contains information that justifies a plaintiff’s right to demand relief from the...

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What Is a Bright-Line Rule?

Judges institute a standard to apply to a case, especially when there is a legal precedent. This standard is objective and clear so as to eliminate any ambiguity in terms of how the case ought to be judged. A bright-line standard is an example of such a standard, and it is established in a legal...

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What Does "Stare Decisis" Mean?

Stare decisis is a Latin term that literally means “maintain what has been decided and do not alter that which has been established.” Specifically, this is legal principle that judges should always consider and that require them to follow whatever agreement they have agreed upon. On the other...

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In Law, What Is a Headnote?

When a court decision is reached, a legal document is published that contains all the details with regards to how the litigation occurred and how the court decision was reached. Before this, a concise summary is placed at the top of the document that contains all the necessary details and key points...

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Sheriff Uses Tasor on 30 Students at Colorado Job Fair

A sheriff used a Taser on 30 students at a Colorado job fair last Thursday. The deputy in Lake County, Colorado was placed on one week unpaid suspension after he used a Taser gun on students at the Lake County High School career fair. Deputy John Ortega apparently agreed to demonstrate the Taser...

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How to Prepare for a Career in Radiology

1) To become a radiologist, prepare while in high school by taking chemistry, physics, communications, and computer courses. Volunteering or paid employment within a health care facility, nursing home, or hospital may assist in future college program acceptance. 2) An undergraduate degree in...

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How to Prepare for a Career in Psychology

Looking to becoming a Psychologist?  Here are 5 of the critical steps as you prepare for your career in the field of psychology.   This list was adapted from the article How To Become A Psychologist1. Preparation to become a psychologist begins before formal educational pursuits....

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What Is a Civil Calendar?

Different calendars exist according to the rules of different societies in order to provide a sense of order and time. A civil calendar is one that is utilized by public officials and private persons. The most commonly used civil calendar is that which adheres to the Gregorian calendar system. The...

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What Is Criminal Justice?

Many types of offenses are committed against the law. Most of these offenses are classified generally into civil or criminal offenses. When laws are applied in order to deal with such offenses, it is considered an application of justice. Thus, criminal justice is considered to be the application...