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Wage Garnishment

A non-bankruptcy legal proceeding whereby a plaintiff or creditor seeks to subject to his or her claim the future wages of a debtor. In other words, the creditor seeks to have part of the debtor’s future wages paid to the creditor for a debt owed to the creditor.


Court authorization, most often for law enforcement officers, to conduct a search or make an arrest.

Warrant Of Eviction

Issued when a judgment orders a transfer of possession of property from one party to another. Such a warrant authorizes and orders the sheriff or marshal to remove one party from the premises and to turn over possession to the other party


A person called upon by either side in a lawsuit to give testimony before the court or jury.


A written court order directing a person to take, or refrain from taking, a certain act.

Writ of Certiorari

An order issued by the U.S. Supreme Court directing the lower court to transmit records for a case which it will hear on appeal.

Youthful Offender (Y.O.)

A person who is sentenced for an offense that occurred when the person was 14, 15, 16, 17 or 18 years old.