Browse:  A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z
     
Enter a Legal Term

Search the Definitions

authorities

n. 1) previous decisions by courts of appeal which provide legal guidance to a court on questions in a current lawsuit, which are called "precedents." Legal briefs (written arguments) are often called "points and authorities." Thus, a lawyer "cites" the previously decided cases as "authorities" for his/her legal positions. 2) a common term for law enforcement, as in "I'm going to call the authorities" (i.e. police).

See also: brief  cite  decision  precedent 

From the Law.com Newswire



The People's Law Dictionary by Gerald and Kathleen Hill Publisher Fine Communications

FEATURED FIRMS

Flager & Associates
1210 Northbrook Dr
Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053
215-953-5200
flagerlaw.com
O'Malley & Langan PC
201 Franklin Ave
Scranton, PA 18503
570-344-2667
omalleylangan.com
Metzger Wickersham
2321 Paxton Church Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-238-8187
mwke.com
Smith Law Office
5003 Horizons Dr #200
Columbus, OH 43220
614-846-1700
sestriallaw.com

Presented By Big Voodoo