Lincoln Day by Day: A Chronology, 1809-1865 - Vol. 1

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Glossary of Legal Terms
ad litem--for a limited period
ad quod damnum--fine and imprisonment
appellant--supreme court plaintiff
appellee--supreme court defendant
assumpsit--action for breach of contract
capias--writ ordering that person be taken in custody
declaration--formal statement of plaintiff
dedimus--writ commissioning citizen to take evidence for court
demurrer--plea challenging allegations of opposite party
et al.--and others
ex parte--in the matter of
ex rel.--in relation to
et ux.--and wife
interlocutory decree--preliminary legal ruling
mandamus--command writ of superior court
nil dicit--nothing said
nolle prosequi--no further prosecution
non detinet--writ ordering release of property
p.d.--for defendant
p.q.--for plaintiff
parol--by deposition
praecipe--writ commanding person to come before court
procedendo--writ of remand
pro confesso--confessed
pro forma--as a matter of form
quo warranto--writ to show authority
replevin--action to recover goods or chattels
replication--defendant's reply to plaintiff
scire facias--writ requiring person named to show cause why court record should not be enforced
supersedeas--stay writ
trover--action to recover personal property
vi et armis--by force of arms
writ of certiorari--legal writ summoning lower court record

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