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CNO Legal Glossary

A formal statement opposing something that has occurred, or is about to occur, in a legal proceeding.
A judge’s written explanation of the decision of the court in a case.
Oral argument
An opportunity for lawyers to argue their positions and answer questions from the judges who will decide the case being appealed.
Original action
The initial legal proceeding made in court by one person or entity against another.

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