AUTHORIZING RESOLUTION: A resolution adopted by the governing body of an authorizing subdivision in accordance with Section 11-101A-3, that authorizes the incorporation of an authority under this chapter. See Alabama Code 45-35-81
AUTHORIZING SUBDIVISION: Each county and municipality with the governing body of which an application for the incorporation of an authority under this chapter is filed. See Alabama Code 45-35-81
Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
Court reporter: A person who makes a word-for-word record of what is said in court and produces a transcript of the proceedings upon request.
Decedent: A deceased person.
Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
GOVERNING BODY: With respect to a county, its county commission or other like governing body, and with respect to a municipality, its city or town council, board of commissioners, or other like governing body. See Alabama Code 45-35-81
Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
Lawsuit: A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, resulting in harm to the plaintiff.
Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
PRINCIPAL OFFICE: The place at which the certificate of incorporation and amendments thereto, the bylaws, and the minutes of the proceedings of the board of an authority are kept. See Alabama Code 45-35-81
Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
Remand: When an appellate court sends a case back to a lower court for further proceedings.
Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.