Legal Dictionary - J
Joint and several liability: Legal doctrine by which each party responsible for an injury is liable for the total damage award where the other responsible parties cannot pay.
Judgment: A court’s final ruling in a lawsuit.
Jurisdiction: The court’s authority to hear a case; the geographic area in which a court maintains authority to hear cases.
Jurisprudence: The study of law.
Jury: A group of citizens selected according to law and assigned to try a question of fact or indict a person for an offense.
Jury trial: A trial heard before a judge and a jury, as opposed to a court trial that is heard before a judge alone.
Justice of the peace: A judge who handles minor legal issues such as traffic offenses. A justice of the peace may be an attorney, though some states allow citizens to act as justice of the peace upon passing a test.