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5 words that mean totally different things to a law student

Published by Afterschool.my on Aug 10, 2015, 05:28 pm

Law students and professionals are known to argue their cases using Latin terms. Certain legal usage of English words have also changed these words into totally different meanings.

If you plan to pursue law, here are some fun legal words to help you familiarise yourself with some court terms and what they actually mean.

1. Chambers

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What it normally means: A large room used for formal or public events.

What it means to law students: The offices of a judge and his or her staff.

2. In Camera

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What it normally means: Inside a picture-taking device.

What it means to law students: In private, or outside the presence of a jury and the public. In camera is in fact a Latin term for being in a judge's chambers.

3. Briefs

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What it normally means: Concise, or close-fitting underpants.

What it means to law students: A written statement submitted in a trial or appellate proceeding that explains one side's legal and factual arguments.

4. Motion

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What it normally means: The action or process of being moved.

What it means to law students: A request by a litigant to a judge for a decision on an issue relating to the case.

5. Party in interest

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What it normally means: A group with the same interest.

What it means to law students: A party who has a recognisable stake in the outcome of a court matter, but may not be directly involved in the litigation process.

Brickfields Asia College (BAC) offers extensive law programs with comprehensive textbooks, manuals and workbooks to help law students accustom themselves with legal terminology and cases. For more information on their programs and courses, visit their main page.

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