Duhaime's Law Dictionary

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Legal definitions for terms and concepts beginning with C

Cross Examination
The examination of a witness called by the other side at trial and for which leading questions are permitted.
Crown
The English Monarch, where she is the symbolic head of state.
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Punishments which involve unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain.
Cruelty
Conduct that causes bodily or mental injury, or apprehension to such injury, to a person or an animal, without legitimate purpose.
Crumbling Skull Rule
A legal theory, companion to the thin skull rule, which limits a tort defendant’s exposure to a plaintiff’s injuries to the plaintiff’s condition at the time of the tort.
Cucking Stool
A medieval form of punishment; a chair in which was restrained an offender.
Cuicunque Aliquis Quid Concedit Concedere Videtur Et Id Sine Quo Res Ipsa Esse Non Poluit
Latin: Whoever grants a thing is supposed also tacitly to grant that without which the grant itself would be of no effect.
Cuius Est Solum Ejus Est Usque Ad Caelum
Latin: whose is the soil, his it is even to the skies and to the depths below.
Cuius Est Solum Ejus Est Usque Ad Coelum Et Ad Inferos
Latin: for whoever owns the soil, it is theirs up to heaven and down to hell.
Cujus Est Commodum Ejus Debet Esse Incommodum
Latin: Whose is the advantage, his also should be the disadvantage.
Culpa Lata
Latin: gross negligence.
Curfew
A sentence or bail condition that gives the individual the freedom to move about in the community so long as they return to their residence for the hours specified (often 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.).
Curial Deference
That general courts ought to defer to the rulings of specialized tribunals save exceptional circumstances.
Cursus Curiae Est Lex Curiae
Latin: The practice of the court is the law of the court.
Curtesy
Widower's right to an interest in his deceased wife's real property.
Curtilage
The area around a home which harbors the intimate activity associated with the sanctity and privacy of it.
Custodia Legis
In the custody of the law; the taking, seizing or holding of something by lawful authority.
Custody
Charge and control of a person or item of property.
Custom
The consensual regulation of human conduct and commerce by the community itself.
Customary International Law
International law which does not have a treaty base but, rather, exists because of international custom.
Cyber-bullying
Using the Internet to support deliberate, repeated and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm someone else.
Cyberspace
Synonymous with Internet; a decentralised but interconnected body of data and self-maintained telecommunications network.
Cybersquatting
The bad faith registration of trademarks, as domain names, by non-trademark owners, who then try to sell the domain names back to the trademark owners.
Cy-pres
As near as may be.
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