Glossary of Legal Terms

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We have put together a list of “legal words” which you may not be familiar with:

Adjudicator — individual making the decision at the Landlord and Tenant Board

Creditor — individual that someone owes money to

Debtor — individual that owes money to a creditor

Defence — document which is used to respond to a Plaintiff’s Claim

Defendant — individual being sued by a Plaintiff

Defendant’s Claim — document filed by a defendant that has a claim against the plaintiff and/or a third party

Judgment Debtor Examination Hearing — examination of the debtor or a third party about the debtor’s assets

Judgment — decision given by a judge or court clerk which concludes the matter

Mediation — this process is offered at the Landlord and Tenant Board for parties in attempt to resolve or narrow down their issues without the adjudication process

Mediator — neutral third party available at the Landlord and Tenant Board that helps individuals in dispute to come to an agreement without the adjudication process

Motion — request to court for a judge to make a specific order

Notice of Garnishment — demand or a claim to a third party, like an employer or bank that owes the debtor money, to pay the creditor based on a court order

Order — written directive by a judge regarding an issue in a case

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Plaintiff — individual that initiates a court case

Plaintiff’s Claim — document which initiates a court case

Settlement — parties to an action come to an agreement

Settlement Conference — mandatory meeting of all parties to an action before a judge or adjudicator in the attempt to resolve the matter

Writ of Seizure and Sale of Personal Property — request to court for permission to seize and sell personal property of the debtor in order to pay the judgment debt

Writ of Seizure and Sale of Land — request to court to register a writ with any jurisdiction that the debtor may owe land or property preventing the debtor from purchasing, selling or mortgaging the property before paying out the judgment

Writ of Delivery — request to the court for enforcement officials to seize an item and return it to the legal owner