A BBC report published last week has highlighted that the number of legal disputes between parents residing in different countries has more than doubled in the last two years. [read more]9th May 2013
Until 1st September 2012, squatting in any type of building was a civil offence requiring recourse to the court in order to evict unwanted residents. [read more]30th April 2013
High Court proceedings were brought by a young man, now 18 years of age, who at the age of 17 had been detained in custody for 12 hours and strip searched before being released on police bail. [read more]
A right is said to be absolute when it is free from any condition or qualification. Absolute liability makes a person held liable for his/her action and no defence is available.
A term used in family law and refers to the right of a spouse, which allows to spend time with children on a regular basis.
To postpone the session of a court or any other similar tribunal to another date.
The postponing of the hearing of a case until a later date.
A judgement or decision of a court, tribunal or adjudicator in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) cases where disputes are resolved outside of the court
Referring to evidence which can be legally be used in a court.
An act by which the rights and duties of the natural parents of a child are extinguished and equivalent rights and duties become vested in the adopter(s).
A barrister or solicitor representing a party in a hearing before a Court.
A sworn statement in writing, confirmed on oath by the party who makes it, before someone who is officially entitled to administer oaths.
Alternative dispute resolution
Schemes such as arbitration and mediation which are designed to allow parties to find a resolution to their problem without legal action.
Additional claims (e.g. in respect of maintenance) attached to the petition for divorce/judicial separation/nullity.
To declare no longer valid.
Application to a higher court or another body for review of a decision taken by a lower court or tribunal.
A person appealing to a higher court or body against a decision made in a lower court or body.
To place or assign.
A process in which both sides agree to use an independent arbitrator (an impartial person) who gives a binding decision in the matter.
Things that belong to a person or organisation, which are usually of some value.
The transfer of property rights (real or personal) to another person through a written agreement. The person, who is the recipient of the rights is called an assignee, and the one who had transferred the rights is called an assignor.
A tenancy defined by the Housing Act 1996 where the tenant enjoys security of tenure.
Attachment of earnings order
An order that instructs an employer to deduct a regular amount, fixed by the court, from a debtor's earnings and to pay that money into court. The court pays the money to the person or people to whom it is owed.
The act of signing a document as a witness, affirming that the information given in the legal document (will, deed, etc.) is true.
Attorney at law
Attorney at law or attorney-at-law, usually abbreviated in everyday speech to attorney, is the official name for a lawyer in certain jurisdictions, including, Japan, Sri Lanka and the United States.