Glossary

Wasted costs

Glossary

Wasted costs are litigation costs which must be paid personally by a lawyer (solicitor or barrister) where a judge considers that that lawyer has wasted another parties’ or the lawyer’s own client’s costs. Though in practice it will normally be paid by the lawyers’ insurers, it amounts to a penalty imposed by the court to Continue reading

Whole-life order

Glossary

An order mandating that someone sentencing to life imprisonment must spend the entirety of the rest of their life in prison, without becoming eligible to apply for parole. This is an exception to the general rule under which the judge, when sentencing the offender to life imprisonment, must also specify the minimum term they must Continue reading

Will

Glossary

Usually described as a person’s Last Will and Testament, the written expression of a how a person (the testator) would like their property to be distributed or disposed of after their death. A will needs to be admitted to probate, ie proved to be genuine and effective, under a court-supervised process. Only once probate is Continue reading

Without prejudice privilege

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Without prejudice privilege, sometimes described as the “without prejudice” rule, is a type of privilege relating to the conduct of litigation which is designed to protect the communications made between parties with a view to settling the dispute and avoiding the need for court proceedings. The privilege prevents those communications from being shown to the Continue reading

WorldLII

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The World Legal Information Institute or WorldLII is a free legal information research database covering case law, legislation and other materials from 48 jurisdictions in 20 countries around the world. It provides a single search facility for databases located on AustLII; BAILII; CanLII; HKLII; LII (Cornell); and PacLII as well as its own databases not found on Continue reading

Writ of Fi Fa

Glossary

Short for fieri facias (Latin for “cause (it) to be done”). An order (now known as a warrant of control) directing a High Court enforcement officer (formerly a sheriff) to seize and sell goods belonging to the judgment debtor (the person ordered by the court to pay money to another party) in order to satisfy Continue reading

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