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Glossary


Negligence
Failure to exercise the degree of care that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances.
Next friend
One acting without formal appointment as guardian for the benefit of an infant, a person of unsound mind not judicially declared incompetent, or other person under some disability.
No - contest clause
Language in a will that provides that a person who makes a legal challenge to the will’s validity will be disinherited.
No - fault proceedings
A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault .
No information
Document which states no formal charge will be filed by the State Attorney.
No probable cause
Insufficient grounds to hold the person who was arrested.
No true bill
A finding by a grand jury that there is no probable cause to decide that a crime has been committed.
Nolle prosequi
The State Attorney declines to prosecute but may still initiate prosecution within one year.
Nolo contendere
A person neither admits nor denies the charges, letting them stand as is.
Non - jury trial
A case tried by a judge
Non-Exempt Employee

Employees with non-exempt status are generally protected by the wage and hour laws of your state, or of the Federal government (Fair Labor Standards Act). Wage and hour laws require employers to pay at least a certain minimum hourly wage rate and a premium rate for overtime work. They are also a guide for determining which on-the-job hours constitute work, and thus must be compensated.

Notice
Formal notification to the party that has been sued in a civil case of the fact that the lawsuit has been filed. Also, any form of notification of a legal proceeding.
Nunc pro tunc
An entry made now for an act done previously and to have the effect as if it were done on a prior date.
Nuncupative will
An oral (unwritten) will.