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.
Improvement: means :
a building, infrastructure, utility, or other human-made structure or object constructed on or for and affixed to real property; or
a repair, modification, or alteration of a building, infrastructure, utility, or object referred to in Subsection (21)(a). See Utah Code 38-1a-102
Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
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.
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.
Original contractor: means a person, including an owner-builder, that contracts with an owner to provide preconstruction service or construction work. See Utah Code 38-1a-102
Owner: means a person who possesses an interest in a project property and contracts with an original contractor for preconstruction service or construction work. See Utah Code 38-1a-102
Owner-builder: means an owner, including an owner who is also an original contractor, who:
contracts with one or more other persons for preconstruction service or construction work for an improvement on the owner's real property; and
is a subcontractor under contract to provide preconstruction service or construction work; and
contracts with one or more other subcontractors for the other subcontractor or subcontractors to provide preconstruction service or construction work that the person is under contract to provide. See Utah Code 38-1a-102
Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.