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missives


Letters passing between seller and purchaser setting out terms of agreement of the sale of property.
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absolute discharge


Where a person has pleaded guilty or been convicted of an offence, in certain circumstances the court may, instead of imposing a sentence (and on summary complaint instead of convicting), discharge that person absolutely. No penalty is imposed, and in summary proceedings no conviction is recorded.
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absolvitor


The judgment pronounced when a court decides in favour of a party against whom an action has been raised.
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access


A court order allowing a person to see a child. Such an order is now called contact. See Contact order
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accountant of court


An officer of court who formerly supervised the conduct of judicial factors and persons appointed as guardians of adults with incapacity. See now Accountant in Bankruptcy
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acquittal


A verdict of a jury or a decision of a judge finding an accused person not guilty or the case not proven.
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accused


A person charged with committing a crime or offence. The formal term in solemn proceedings (on indictment before a jury) is "panel" or "pannel". The word "defendant" is not used in Scotland.
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act and warrant


The interlocutor in sequestration proceedings which confirms the appointment of the trustee.
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action


Proceedings raised by a person in a civil court seeking enforcement of a legal right against another (the defender). See also Summons
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acts of adjournal rules


about court procedure made by the High Court of Justiciary for proceedings in criminal courts.
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