Glossary of Tort Law Terms
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Property: Land and all the things that are attached to it. Anything that is
not real property is personal property and personal property is anything that
isn't nailed down, dug into or built onto the land. A house is real property,
but a dining room set is not.
Reasonable Care: The level of
care a typical person would use if faced with the same circumstances.
Record: A written account of
all the acts and proceedings in a lawsuit.
Re-cross Examination: Questioning
a witness about matters brought up during re-direct examination.
Re-direct Examination: Questioning
a witness about matters brought up during cross examination.
Remand: When an appellate
court sends a case back to a lower court for further proceedings.
Action taken by a creditor to seize assets of a debtor.
Res Ipsa Loquitur: A Latin
phrase, that means "the thing speaks for itself." Refers to situations
when it's assumed that a person's injury was caused by the negligent action of
another party because the accident was the sort that wouldn't occur unless
someone was negligent.
Retainer: Refers to the up
front payment a client gives a lawyer to accept a case. The client is paying to
"retain" the lawyer's services.
Retaining Lien: Gives a
lawyer the rights to hold on to your money or property (such as a deed) until
you pay the bill.
Reverse: When an appellate
court sets aside the decision of a lower court because of an error. A reversal
is often followed by a remand.