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Transfers of Structured Settlement Payment Rights

Most Misunderstood Courthouse Terms G-L

Guardian Ad Litem – A person appointed by the court to look after the interests of a minor or an incapacitated person whose property or rights are involved in litigation

Guardianship – Legal right given to a person to be responsible for the food, housing, health care and other necessities of a person under 18 years of age

Habeas Corpus – From the Latin “You have the body”.  An order commanding that a person be brought before a judge.  Most commonly, a writ of habeas corpus is a legal document that forces law enforcement authorities to produce a prisoner they are holding and to legally justify his or her detention

Held to Answer – In felony cases, the transfer of a case to the General Jurisdiction court for arraignment after a preliminary hearing, or after a waiver of preliminary hearing at the Limited Jurisdiction court level

Hung Jury – A jury that cannot reach a verdict

In Camera Hearing – A hearing, on or off the record, which takes place in the judge’s chambers, outside of the presence of the opposing party; the jury and the public

Indictment – An accusation by a grand jury charging a person with a crime

Information– An accusatory pleading filed by the prosecutor within 15 days after the defendant is held to answer, which details the charges against the defendant

Interrogatories – Written questions asked by one party and served on an adversary, who must serve written answers under oath

Judgment – Civil – The judge’s final decision in a case.  It says how much a person who lost has to pay the person who won and when

Judgment – Criminal – A sentence in a criminal case upon conviction

Legal Separation – An action filed by a married person who wishes to maintain the marital status but separate and resolve all of the other issues of the marriage

Courtesy of Los Angeles Superior Court 2014

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