bullying or harassing behavior: is a ny pattern of gestures or written, electronic, or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, or on a school bus, and that:
Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.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.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.Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source: Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.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. CourtsEvidence: 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.Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.following: when used by way of reference to any section of a statute, shall be construed to mean the section next preceding or next following that in which such reference is made; unless when some other section is expressly designated in such reference. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3Grantor: The person who establishes a trust and places property into it.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.hostile environment: means that the victim subjectively views the conduct as bullying or harassing behavior and the conduct is objectively severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable person would agree that it is bullying or harassing behavior. See North Carolina General Statutes 115C-407.15in writing: may be construed to include printing, engraving, lithographing, and any other mode of representing words and letters: Provided, that in all cases where a written signature is required by law, the same shall be in a proper handwriting, or in a proper mark. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3Jurisdiction: (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.Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCCLiabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.month: shall be construed to mean a calendar month, unless otherwise expressed; and the word "year" a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed; and the word "year" alone shall be equivalent to the expression "year of our Lord. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.oath: shall be construed to include "affirmation" in all cases where by law an affirmation may be substituted for an oath, and in like cases the word "sworn" shall be construed to include the word "affirmed. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3Obligation: 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.personal property: shall include moneys, goods, chattels, choses in action and evidences of debt, including all things capable of ownership, not descendable to heirs at law. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.President pro tempore: A constitutionally recognized officer of the Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the Vice President. The President Pro Tempore (or, "president for a time") is elected by the Senate and is, by custom, the Senator of the majority party with the longest record of continuous service.Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.property: shall include all property, both real and personal. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.seal: shall be construed to include an impression of such official seal, made upon the paper alone, as well as an impression made by means of a wafer or of wax affixed thereto. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, shall be construed to extend to and include the District of Columbia and the several territories, so called; and the words "United States" shall be construed to include the said district and territories and all dependencies. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3Statute: A law passed by a legislature.Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.United States: shall be construed to include the said district and territories and all dependencies. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3Uphold: The decision of an appellate court not to reverse a lower court decision.Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.