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M'Naughten rule

n. a traditional "right and wrong" test of legal insanity i

M. O.

n. slang for modus operandi, the way or pattern in which a

magistrate

n. 1) a generic term for any judge of a court, or anyone of

Magna Carta

n. Latin for "Great Charter," it was a document delineating

mail box rule

n. in contract law, making a written offer or acceptance of

maim

v. to inflict a serious bodily injury, including mutilation

majority

n. 1) the age when a person can exercise all normal legal r

make

v. 1) to create something. 2) to sign a check, promissory n

make one whole

v. to pay or award damages sufficient to put the party who

maker

n. 1) the person who signs a check or promissory note, whic

malfeasance

n. intentionally doing something either legally or morally

malice

n. a conscious, intentional wrongdoing either of a civil wr

malice aforethought

n. 1) the conscious intent to cause death or great bodily h

malicious prosecution

n. filing a lawsuit with the intention of creating problems

malpractice

n. An act or continuing conduct of a professional which doe

malum in se

(mal-uhm in say) adv. Latin referring to an act that is "wr

malum prohibitum

(mal-uhm prohibit-uhm) adj. Latin meaning "wrong due to bei

mandamus

(man-dame-us) n. Latin for "we order," a writ (more modernl

mandate

n. 1) any mandatory order or requirement under statute, reg

mandatory

adj., adv. absolutely demanded or required.

mandatory joinder

n. the required inclusion of a party in a lawsuit whom the

manifest

1) adj., adv. completely obvious or evident. 2) n. a writte

Mann Act

n. a federal statute making it a crime to transport a woman

manslaughter

n. the unlawful killing of another person without premedita

marital deduction

n. an estate tax deduction allowed a surviving spouse of ha

marital rights

n. an old-fashioned expression for the rights of a husband

maritime law

n. Also called "admiralty law" or "the law of admiralty," t

mark

n. an "X" made by a person who is illiterate or too weak to

marked for identification

adj. documents or objects presented during a trial before t

market value

n. the price which a seller of property would receive in an

marketable title

n. the title to real property which has no encumbrances (mo

marriage

n. the joining of a male and female in matrimony by a perso

marshal

1) n. a federal court official who may serve papers and act

martial law

n. a system of complete control by a country's military ove

Massachusetts Trust

n. a business in which the investors give management author

master

n. 1) employer, in the area of law known as "master and ser

master and servant

n. the body of law, including statutes and legal decisions

material

adj. relevant and significant. In a lawsuit, "material evid

material representation

n. a convincing statement made to induce someone to enter i

material witness

n. a person who apparently has information about the subjec

matter of record

n. anything, including testimony, evidence, rulings and som

maturity

n. 1) the date when the payment of the principal amount owe

maxims

n. a collection of legal truisms which are used as "rules o

may

v. a choice to act or not, or a promise of a possibility, a

mayhem

1) n. the criminal act of disabling, disfiguring or cutting

McNabb-Mallory rule

n. a federal rule of evidence in criminal trials that prohi

mechanic's lien

n. the right of a craftsman, laborer, supplier, architect o

mediation

n. the attempt to settle a legal dispute through active par

mediator

n. a person who conducts mediation. A mediator is usually a

meet and confer

n. a requirement of courts that before certain types of mot

meeting of the minds

n. when two parties to an agreement (contract) both have th

memorandum

n. 1) a brief writing, note, summary or outline. 2) A "memo

mens rea

(menz ray-ah) n. Latin for a "guilty mind," or criminal int

mental anguish

n. mental suffering which includes fright, feelings of dist

mental competency

n.

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mental cruelty

n. a term, rapidly going out of fashion and out of the stat

mental suffering

n. emotional pain synonymous with "mental anguish."

mercantile law

n. that broad area of the law (also called commercial law),

merchantable

adj. a product of a high enough quality to make it fit for

merger

n. 1) in corporate law, the joining together of two corpora

mesne

: (mean, with a silent s) adj. from Norman French for inter

mesne profits

n. profits which have accrued while there was a dispute ove

metes and bounds

(meets and bounds) n. a surveyor's description of a parcel

military law

n. regulations governing the conduct of men and women in th

mining claim

n. a description by boundaries of real property in which me

ministerial act

n. an act, particularly of a governmental employee, which i

minor

n. someone under legal age, which is generally 18, except f

minority

n. 1) in voting, a side with less than half the votes. 2) a

minutes

n. 1) the written record of meetings, particularly of board

Miranda warning

n. the requirement, also called the Miranda rule, set by th

mirror wills

n. the wills of a husband and wife which are identical exce

misadventure

n. a death due to unintentional accident without any violat

misappropriation

n. the intentional, illegal use of the property or funds of

misdemeanor

n. a lesser crime punishable by a fine and/or county jail t

misfeasance

n. management of a business, public office or other respons

misjoinder

n. the inclusion of parties (plaintiffs or defendants) or c

misnomer

n. the wrong name.

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misprision of a felony

n. the crime of concealing another's felony (serious crime)

misrepresentation

n. the crime of misstating facts to obtain money, goods or

mistake

n. 1) an error in comprehending facts, meaning of words or

mistrial

n. the termination of a trial before its normal conclusion

mitigating circumstances

n. in criminal law, conditions or happenings which do not e

mitigation of damages

n. the requirement that someone injured by another's neglig

modification

n. a change in an existing court order or judgment made nec

modus operandi

(mode-us ah-purr-and-ee or ah-purr-and-eye) n. from Latin,

moiety

: (moy-et-tee) n. half. Generally a reference to interest i

molestation

n. the crime of sexual acts with children up to the age of

monopoly

n. a business or inter-related group of businesses which co

month-to-month

adj. referring to a tenancy in which the tenant pays monthl

monument

n. 1) an established landmark which a surveyor uses as part

moot

adj. 1) unsettled, open to argument or debatable, specifica

moot court

n. law school exercise in which students argue both sides o

moot point

n. 1) a legal question which no court has decided, so it is

moral certainty

n. in a criminal trial, the reasonable belief (but falling

moral turpitude

n. gross violation of standards of moral conduct, vileness.

moratorium

n. 1) any suspension of activity, particularly voluntary su

mortgage

n. a document in which the owner pledges his/her/its title

mortgagee

n. the person or business making a loan that is secured by

mortgagor

n. the person who has borrowed money and pledged his/her re

motion

n. a formal request made to a judge for an order or judgmen

motion for a new trial

n. a request made by the loser for the case to be tried aga

motion for a summary judgment

n. a written request for a judgment in the moving party's f

motion for dismissal

(non-suit) n. application by a defendant in a lawsuit or cr

motion in limine

(lim-in-nay) n. Latin for "threshold," a motion made at the

motion to strike

n. a request for a judge's order to eliminate all or a port

motion to suppress

n. a motion (usually on behalf of a criminal defendant) to

motive

n. in criminal investigation the probable reason a person c

mouthpiece

n. old-fashioned slang for one's lawyer.

movant

n. the party in a lawsuit or other legal proceeding who mak

move

v. to make a motion in court applying for a court order or

multifarious

adj., adv. reference to a lawsuit in which either party or

multiplicity of suits

n. several actual or potential lawsuits which should be joi

municipal

adj. referring to an incorporated or chartered city or town

municipal court

n. a lower court which usually tries criminal misdemeanors

muniment of title

n. documentary evidence of title to real property. A munime

murder

n. the killing of a human being by a sane person, with inte

mutual

adj., adv. referring to anything in which both parties have

mutual wills

n. wills made by two people (usually spouses, but could be

     
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