§ 510.010 Court may direct attorneys to appear before it for conference
§ 510.020 Interrogatories to parties
§ 510.030 Production of documents, papers, tangibles — statements previously made, ..
§ 510.035 Child victims of sexual offenses, video and aural recordings or photographs ..
§ 510.040 Court may order physical and mental examinations
§ 510.050 Request for admission of genuineness of relevant documents
§ 510.060 Motion for order compelling answer to interrogatory
§ 510.070 Cases shall be placed on docket, when
§ 510.080 Court may continue an action to a fixed day
§ 510.090 Application for continuance, how made
§ 510.100 Applications for a continuance on account of absence of witnesses shall ..
§ 510.110 Amendment of affidavit — overruled, when
§ 510.120 Automatic stay of all administrative and court procedures for members of ..
§ 510.125 Grievance resolution system for offenders, civil actions stayed, when
§ 510.130 Voluntary dismissal — new trial
§ 510.140 Defendant may move for dismissal of an action — effect of motion
§ 510.150 Effect of dismissals, with and without prejudice
§ 510.160 Provisions applying to dismissal of counterclaim, cross-claim or ..
§ 510.170 Dismissal of plaintiff’s action not to affect counterclaim or cross-claim
§ 510.180 Consolidation of actions — separate trials of issues
§ 510.190 Right of trial by jury — waiver
§ 510.200 All trials upon the merits shall be conducted in open court
§ 510.210 Formal exceptions unnecessary — objections
§ 510.220 Verdict, general or special
§ 510.230 General verdict, when rendered
§ 510.240 Court may direct issues to be made, when
§ 510.250 Issues to be made only as directed by court
§ 510.260 Issues, how tried and disposed of
§ 510.261 Punitive damages, restrictions on award of — proper award, when — civil ..
§ 510.262 Applicability of certain statute changes for cases filed after August 28, 2020
§ 510.263 Bifurcated trial, when, procedure — post-trial motion for credit on ..
§ 510.265 Limitations on punitive damages in certain cases
§ 510.270 Jury shall assess amount of money of recovery, when
§ 510.280 Motion for directed verdict
§ 510.290 Denial of motion for directed verdict — motion to set aside verdict, ..
§ 510.300 Instructions
§ 510.310 Procedure in cases tried upon facts without a jury
§ 510.320 Trial or proceeding shall not be terminated by expiration of term
§ 510.330 Granting of new trial
§ 510.350 Motion for new trial when based upon affidavits
§ 510.360 When motion for new trial deemed denied
§ 510.370 Court may order a new trial, when
§ 510.380 Abolishment of motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and motion ..
§ 510.390 Death or other disability of judge — power of substitute

Terms Used In Missouri Laws > Chapter 510 - Trials and Proceedings Before and After Trial

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Counterclaim: A claim that a defendant makes against a plaintiff.
  • 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.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • 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.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Heretofore: means any time previous to the day when the statute containing it takes effect. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Interrogatories: Written questions asked by one party of an opposing party, who must answer them in writing under oath; a discovery device in a lawsuit.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Juror: A person who is on the jury.
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • 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.
  • Pretrial conference: A meeting of the judge and lawyers to discuss which matters should be presented to the jury, to review evidence and witnesses, to set a timetable, and to discuss the settlement of the case.
  • Property: includes real and personal property. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Recess: A temporary interruption of the legislative business.
  • 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).
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • United States: includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • Veto: The procedure established under the Constitution by which the President/Governor refuses to approve a bill or joint resolution and thus prevents its enactment into law. A regular veto occurs when the President/Governor returns the legislation to the house in which it originated. The President/Governor usually returns a vetoed bill with a message indicating his reasons for rejecting the measure. In Congress, the veto can be overridden only by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House.