This legal glossary is a basic guide to common legal terms. A lawyer is in the best position to advise you about your legal rights and responsibilities.
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- A third party who owes money to a debtor, but must instead pay it to the court (or in family law cases, to the Family Responsibility Office), to the benefit of a creditor.
- A process whereby a person who has a court order for payment can demand money owed to a debtor by someone else. Most often, people garnish wages or bank accounts.
- General Damages
- (see Damages)
- Guardian/Litigation Guardian
- A person given legal authority by law or court order to have decision-making responsibility for another person or their property or both, because they are not able to manage their own affairs or a person with financial decision-making responsibility in respect of a child. A litigation guardian has decision-making responsibility in another person’s lawsuit.
- A verdict convicting an accused person of the crime he or she is charged with.
- An accused person's plea when he or she does not contest the offence he or she is charged with.