Glossary of Legal Terms

The legal world can be confusing. We hope this legal glossary helps clear up any legal terms that you may have been previously unfamiliar with.

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Legal Glossary

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There are 11 names in this directory beginning with the letter C.
Civil Law
The branch of law concerned with private legal matters – not crime.

Claimant
The person seeking compensation in their claim case.

Codicil
Allows you to make amendments to an existing will instead of completely re-writing it.

Common Law
Common Law is a set of unwritten laws based on legal precedents established by the courts. Existing governing acts or laws do not factor into a Common Law decision.

Compensation
Reparations, usually money, awarded to the successful claimant.

Conveyancing
Legally transferring the ownership of a property from one person to another.

Conviction
The legal conclusion of a jury that someone is guilty of a crime.

Counter Claim
When the accused refuses legal liability for a claim and launches their own claim against the claimant.

Court of Protection
Since the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Court of Protection has acted to safeguard vulnerable people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions themselves.

Creditor
An individual or business to which money is owed.

Culpable
To be found guilty of something.