Legal terms beginning with S

On this page, you will find a list of legal words, terms and phrases that begin with the letter “S.” Each term has a short definition, and some of them have a link for a more detailed description. Just scroll down the page to find the word or term that you are looking for.

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Summons – A summons is a legal document issued at the beginning of a civil court action, such as a divorce. The Clerk of Court issues the summons when a complaint or petition is filed with the court. A court acquires personal jurisdiction over a party when the summons is served on them.