Bachelor Of Laws

degree in law, abbreviated to LLB; indicated that the recipient has successfully completed three years of law studies in addition to at least three undergraduate years on any subject; since the early 1960s most accredited law schools grant a Juris Doctor (JD) degree instead of the LLB; law schools which made the switch allowed the prior holders of the LLB to claim the JD retroactively

Back To Back Life Sentence

slang for consecutive life terms; this differs from two concurrent life sentences which allows the defendant to serve time for each simultaneously

Bad Debt

an non-collectible debt

Bad Faith

1) intentional dishonest act by not fulfilling legal or contractual obligations, misleading another, entering into an agreement without the intention or means to fulfill it, or violating basic standards of honesty in dealing with others 2) when there is bad faith then a transaction is called a "bad faith" contract or "bad faith" offer


1) money or bond put up to secure the release of a person who has been charged with a crime 2) to post money or bond to secure an accused defendant's release

Bail Bond

bond provided by an insurance company through a bail bondsman acting as agent for the company, to secure the release from jail of an accused defendant pending trial

Bail Bondsman

professional agent for an insurance company who specializes in providing bail bonds for people charged with crimes and awaiting trial in order to have them released


person, also called a custodian, with whom some article is left, usually pursuant to a contract, who is responsible for the safe return of the article to the owner when the contract is fulfilled


1) a court official, usually a deputy sheriff, who keeps order in the courtroom and handles various errands for the judge and clerk 2) in some jurisdictions, a person appointed by the court to handle the affairs of an incompetent person


1) act of placing property in the custody and control of another, usually by agreement in which the holder (bailee) is responsible for the safekeeping and return of the property 2) The goods themselves which are held by a bailee; thus, the "bailor" (owner) leaves the "bailment" (goods) with the "bailee" (custodian), and the entire transaction is a "bailment"