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Muniments Documents which are evidence of a right to something. Moiety One half, fifty percent. Molest/Molestation Behaviour by a person which annoys or greatly troubles another person. Money laundering Making money from crime and then passing it through a business to make it appear legitimate. 44 N Natural justice The requirement for application of principles of fairness and justice for example audi alteram partem* (hear the other side). Natural person Natural person Non est factum* Human being with legal and constitutional rights and duties, including the right to: ● life, ● information, ● travel, ● a good name, ● earn a living, ● sue and be sued, ● sign contracts, ● receive gifts, and ● appear in court either by himself or through a lawyer.
58 Actual or constructive legal possession. Senior Counsel Sentence The penalty a court imposes on someone found guilty of an offence. Separation order A court order that a husband and wife can live separately. Sequestration Temporary confiscation of property by court order until the owner purges his contempt by obeying an earlier court order. Service Delivery of court documents by one party to the other. Servient tenement Land subject to an easement. Settle Means to: ● create a settlement; ● end a case by agreement; or ● draw up a contract and agree its terms.
Liquidator Life interest Lis pendens* An interest which will pass to someone else when the present owner dies. Registration of a pending action against the owner of land. Life tenant A person involved in a lawsuit. Someone entitled to use property for their life. Litigation Life tenant Beneficiary of a life estate. Limitation of actions The Statute of Limitations sets down times within which proceedings must be brought. The person appointed to wind up a company. Litigant Taking legal action through the courts.
A Plain English Guide to Legal Terms by National Adult Literacy Agency