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Adam M Smith Breaks Down Legal Jargon

Breaking Down Legal Jargon
Breaks Down Legal Jargon with
Breaking Down Legal Jargon
Breaking Down Legal Jargon with Adam M Smith.

Adam M Smith breaks down common legal jargon which you may run into as per the application and administering of the law and your rights. 

Many pot articles of late have featured a great deal of legal jargon and in response to many of the comments that I have heard I wanted to take this opportunity to explain some of the legal phrases and terms which you may have read. In order to give the best possible explanation, we have enlisted the support of the wonderful Adam M Smith, who is here to clear up any confusion. Without further ado then, let’s take a look at some of the jargon which you may run in to.


This is what happens when two parties try to resolve a dispute without it going to court. The third party that brokers this deal is known as the arbitrator.


This is a very simple process whereby ownership of a property is transferred from one person to another.

Grand Jury

A grand jury is where a jury hears the side of the prosecution in order to decide whether or not the case will be tried in criminal court. A number of district and state attorneys don’t alway use this process but it can be an important part of the criminal proceedings. The men/women who are selected for the jury will be members of the public and a judge is rarely in attendance.


This is the money or monies that are paid to someone after they have won a case, usually paid to a person or an organization.


These are fees which are paid to organizations by your lawyer as part of their legal service. For example a lawyer could make a payment to a local authority for information on a property when you want to buy a house.

Habeas Corpus

This is a writ which is generally used to challenge how legal a person’s detention may be. Literally translated it means ‘may you have the body’ and it refers to bringing the detainee before the court to discuss the terms of their detention.

Quid Pro Quo

Literally translated as ‘this for that’ quid pro quo refers to an equal exchange of services, money or goods, for something of equal value in return.


This document is a writ which compels the person to whom it is served to stand before a court and give testimony. There is always a penalty if the person who is served fails to comply with the writ.


In order for someone to deal with a person’s estate after they have died, a probate registry must give legal permission.

Prima Facie

This latin term is used to describe something which on the face of it, appears to be true.


A tribunal is an individual hearing which is normally headed up by an independent body. The idea of a tribunal is a group of people who have the authority too judge claims and disputes.

And there you have it, some of the more common legal jargon which you may run into.