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acquittal

A finding of not guilty in a criminal case

adjournment

A temporary postponement of a court hearing

affidavit

A statement written and sworn to be true before a notary public or a commissioner for oaths

appeal book

A bound book that must be filed by an appellant containing material that was in front of the lower court, such as pleadings, affidavits or transcript and exhibits, as well as the decision being appealed and the notice of appeal.

appearance notice

A form issued by a police officer requiring the appearance of an accused to answer to a charge; it outlines the date, time and location of court

case law

Law developed by judges through decisions of courts and similar tribunals (as opposed to statutes adopted through the legislative process); also known as common law

civil rules

Rules governing practices or procedures before the court on civil appeals. you can find the civil rules here.

common law

Law developed by judges through decisions of courts and similar tribunals (as opposed to statutes adopted through the legislative process); also known as case law

court of record

A court whose proceedings are recorded

date of judgment

Most appeals must be launched within 30 days after the date of the judgment or order being appealed.  The date of the judgment or order means:

  1. the date of filing written reasons for judgment or fiat with the registrar, local registrar or chambers clerk of the lower court; or
  2. where the judgment or order has been pronounced in court or chambers with no provision for written reasons to follow, the date of the oral pronouncement.
defendant

The individual, company or organization who defends a legal action taken by a plaintiff and against whom the court has been asked to order damages or specific corrective action

exhibit

Physical evidence that was relied upon by a court or tribunal, such as documents, photographs, etc.

expedited appeal

An appeal from a judgment in chambers or after trial where no oral evidence was led, an appeal from a judgment relating to the custody of a child or dependent adult or any other appeal that the court or a judge orders to be treated as an expedited appeal.  An expedited appeal has different timelines than an appeal.

 

factum

A document filed with the court by an appellant or respondent that is made up of the following parts: introduction, jurisdiction and standard of review, summary of facts, points in issue, argument, relief, authorities.

indictable offence

A more serious criminal charge that carries a higher penalty as compared to a summary offence