See: Adjudication


Adjudication refers to the legal process of resolving a dispute or deciding a case. When a claim is brought, courts identify the rights of the parties at that particular moment by analyzing what were, in law, the rights and wrongs of their...

Adjudicative Fact

A fact that is either legally operative or even so important as to be controlling on some question of law. Adjudicative facts are those which concern the parties to some dispute and are helpful in determining the proper outcome in the case.



Administer means to carry out a task or give something to someone. Administer appears in a variety of contexts in the legal field. For example:

A trustee administers the assets of an estate by dispersing, selling, or managing the...

Administrative Office of the United States Courts

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) is an administrative agency that is the central support entity for the judicial branch providing a wide range of administrative, legal, financial, management, program, and information...

Admissible Evidence


Evidence that is formally presented before the trier of fact (i.e., the judge or jury) to consider in deciding the case. The trial court judge determines whether or not the evidence may be proffered. To be admissible in court, the...



1) A person's, in particular a party's, statement acknowledging that a certain fact is true or silence after another party's assertion of a fact that, if false, would typically elicit a denial. 2) Admission by a party-opponent: an out-of-...

Admission Against Interest


An out-of-court statement by a party that, when uttered, is against the party's pecuniary, proprietary, or penal interest and that is admissible under both an exclusion (admission by a party-opponent) and an exception (statement against...

Advance Sheets

Advance sheets are collections of recent federal or state court opinions that are circulated before cases can be printed in a reporter or a volume of another reporting system. Advance sheets are usually published weekly for specific areas...

Adversary Proceeding

A hearing before a judge or other neutral person, with competing arguments from opposing parties.