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Arrestment Legal attachment of money or moveable property in the hands of a third party. Assize This word is occasionally and formally used to mean a trial by jury.Assoilzie In civil law it means to find for the defender or respondent in respect of the claim(s) made by the pursuer.Abandonment A procedure by which a party gives up civil proceedings or an appeal.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.Appropriate Adult An independent adult who may attend police interviews and procedures when a victim, witness, suspect or accused is a person who has a mental disorder.The role of the Appropriate Adult is to facilitate communication between all parties. Assignation The transfer of a right from one party to another.Auditor of Court A person responsible for examining legal accounts. Judgment is deferred, an oral or written decision to be given later.The Auditors of the Court of Session and sheriff courts, Respectively, examine and "tax" accounts of expenses incurred by parties in civil actions in the respective courts. Bail (1) In Admiralty proceedings the security given to obtain the release of a ship.
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Affirmation The undertaking and propose by a witness, who does not wish to swear an oath, to tell the truth when giving evidence in court.
Aliment Financial support of a spouse or child enforceable by law. Answers A statement setting out the factual and legal response of a party to proceedings raised against him or her.
Access A court order allowing a person to see a child. 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". Act and warrant The interlocutor in sequestration proceedings which confirms the appointment of the trustee.