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.
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.
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.
Department: means the department of ecology. See
Director: means director of the department of ecology. See
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.
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.
Local government: means county or city government or any combination of the two. See
Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
Noise: means the intensity, duration and character of sounds from any and all sources. See
Oral argument: An opportunity for lawyers to summarize their position before the court and also to answer the judges' questions.
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: means any individual, corporation, partnership, association, governmental body, state, or other entity whatsoever. See
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.
Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.