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Joint and Several Liability – A legal doctrine that makes each of the parties who are responsible for an injury, liable for all the damages awarded in a lawsuit if the other parties responsible cannot pay.

Judge – A presiding officer of the court.

Judgment – The official and authentic decision of a court of justice upon the rights and claims of parties to an action or suit submitted to the court for determination. (See also summary judgment.)

Jurisdiction – The power or authority of a court to hear and try a case; the geographic area in which a court has power or the types of cases it has power to hear.

Jury – A certain number of men and women selected according to law and sworn to try a question of fact or indict a person for public offense. Read about a recent nursing home lawsuit involving a jury verdict here.

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