abandonment - A parent's or custodian's act of leaving a child
without adequate care, supervision, support or parental contact for an excessive period of time. Also, the
desertion of one spouse by the other with the intent to terminate the marriage relationship.
record - A short, abbreviated
form of the case as found in the record.
- A person who assists in the commission
of a crime, either before or after the fact.
personam- An action against
the person, founded on personal liability, in contrast to action in rem, an action for the recovery of a specific
object, usually an item of personal property such as an automobile.
adjudication - Giving or pronouncing a judgment or decree, or the
rendering of a decision on a matter before a court.
evidence - Evidence which can
legally and properly be used in court.
- A statement tending to establish the
guilt or liability of the person making the statement.
system - The system of trial
practice in the United States and some other countries in which each of the opposing, or adversary, parties has the
opportunity to present and establish opposing contentions before the court.
affidavit- A written and sworn statement witnessed by a notary
public or another official possessing the authority to administer oaths. Affidavits may be admitted into
- One who has authority to act for
- A defense claim that the accused was
somewhere else at the time a crime was committed.