Probation Order

Posted on June 19th, 2018
An official written directive from the court ordering that a defendant in a criminal case is sentenced to a term of probation. This document is prepared by a court clerk, signed by both the judge and the defendant, and includes all legal conditions, fines, costs, and other special conditions.…

Probation

Posted on June 19th, 2018
Allowing a defendant convicted of a crime to remain out of jail or prison as long as they fulfill certain conditions. Persons on probation are supervised by probation officers. The 46th Circuit Trial Court has its own probation division in the misdemeanor division of the Court.…

Probate Division

Posted on June 19th, 2018
The court which handles wills, estates, and commitment of mentally ill persons.…

Pro Per

Posted on June 19th, 2018
A person who represents himself or herself in court without an attorney. Also known as Pro Se.…

Pretrial Conference

Posted on June 19th, 2018
Informal hearing between the judge and attorneys(and sometimes parties) to discuss any matters that can be resolved prior to a court hearing.…

Preliminary Examination

Posted on June 19th, 2018
A hearing before a district division judge following arraignment at which the judge must determine if a crime was committed and whether sufficient evidence had been presented that the defendant committed the crime. Preliminary exams are held in felony cases.…

Power of Attorney

Posted on June 19th, 2018
A written instrument appointing and authorizing a person to act in the place of another as agent or substitute.…

Pleadings

Posted on June 19th, 2018
Papers filed by parties in a lawsuit stating claims against each other, or his/her defenses to those claims.…

Plea

Posted on June 19th, 2018
A defendant’s response to a criminal charge, either guilty, not guilty, or no contest (nolo contendere). A no contest plea is treated the same as a guilty plea, except the defendant does not have to admit guilt.…

Plaintiff

Posted on June 19th, 2018
The person who originally files the action.…

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