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CNO Legal Glossary

Habeas corpus
Latin, meaning “you have the body.” A method of challenging someone’s continued confinement in prison and seeking an order for release.
Trial or other proceeding before a court.
Testimony from a witness who did not actually see or hear what is being described. Unless an exception applies, this testimony is not admissible as evidence.
A specific legal ruling or decision that a court makes or has made in a particular case.
Home Rule
The ability of local governments, such as cities and counties, to pass laws to govern themselves.

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