one who commits a crime


A crime.


A crime.


An explicit proposal.


A form of government in which a few people rule and govern by assuming all legislative and administrative authority.


Latin, the burden. It is usually used in the context of evidence.

Open Adoption

a type of adoption; becoming legal parent to an individual where information about and, at times, access from the biological parents is permitted

Open-ended Agreement

An agreement or contract which does not have an ending date but will continue for as long as certain conditions exist.

Opening Statement

A lawyer's initial remarks at trial. Generally, it is directed at the judge or jury to set out the theory behind their case.

Oral Argument

the summary submitted by a lawyer in front of the court explaining why they should win the decision