Access to the Courts: The opportunity or right of the public to watch court proceedings.
Accountable: Taking responsibility for an action or decision.
Accused: The person charged with a criminal offence.
Action: Legal proceedings in a court to obtain compensation for something or to enforce a right.
Administration: The management of a business, organization or institution.
Administrative Tribunal: Usually three people who decide matters that are brought before them such a Worker’s Compensation Claims.
Adoption: A formal legal process to adopt a child.
Affidavit: A written declaration made on oath before somebody authorized to administer oaths, usually setting out the statement of a witness for court proceedings.
Aggravated Assault: Every one commits an aggravated assault that wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life of the complainant.
Altered: To make changes to something or somebody.
Appeal: An appeal is an application for judicial review of a trial court’s decision by a higher court. Either Crown counsel or defence counsel can appeal a decision, but there are specific legal requirements. Also see Appellant or Respondent.
Appellant: The party who has initiated an appeal to a higher court. In a criminal case this could be either Crown Counsel or the accused. The other party is known as the Respondent.
Application: A court appearance is scheduled in which the Crown or defence or one of the parties to a civil action makes an application to the Court (e.g. application to vary bail conditions).
Appoints: To select a person or a group of people for an official position or to do a job.