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#IOTW: Legal and law idioms

This time, I would like to share some idioms related to legal and law. Are you guys interested, fellas? Let’s get started!

  1. Null and void. Meaning: something which has already been cancelled. The phrase is actually redundant since null means “void.” Example: The court case against the company was null and void. The company had settled the lawsuit out of court.
  2. Cease and desist. Meaning: to stop immediately and permanently. Separately, cease means to stop and desist means not to re-start. Example: The man was given a cease and desist order to stop bothering her.
  3. Turn a blind eye to. Meaning: to see something wrong or suspicious but is pretending not to see any. Example: Many people turned a blind eye to corruption happened in their country.
  4. Fine print. Meaning: an important part of a document that is written in fine or small text that is usually overlooked or ignored. Example: I did not realize how much interest of the loans is until I read the fine print of the contract.
  5. Take the law into one’s own hands. Meaning: to seek justice on their own, without legal authority. Example: They took the law into their own hands and beat the thieves.
  6. Under the table. Meaning: to get something done secretly, usually because it is illegal or unethical. Example: They offered him money under the table to change his mind.
  7. Beat the rap. Meaning: to avoid being found guilty of a crime. Example: He is charged with shoplifting, but somehow he can beat the rap.


It’s a wrap for tonight. I hope the new idioms were useful for you. :)

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Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, February 6, 2016

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#EngVocab: People involved in a court

I just watched a court-themed movie the other day, titled A Few Good Men (1992). Have you guys watched it? It was about a U.S military trial in a case of murder due to “Code Red” action. I think it’s worth to watch, especially if you’re interested in courtroom movies. So, I’d like to share some law vocabulary. It’s about people who are involved in a trial.


1. Judge. Meaning: a public officer authorized  to hear and decide cases in  a court of law. In Indonesia it’s known as hakim.


2. Attorney. Meaning: a lawyer qualified to represent clients in legal proceedings. In Indonesia it’s known as pengacara or advokat.


3. Prosecuting attorney/Prosecutor. Meaning: an attorney who represents the state in a courtroom. His job is to sue the defendant. In Indonesia it’s known as jaksa penuntut umum.


4. Defendant. Meaning: a person accused of the crime. In Indonesia it’s known as terdakwa.


5. Witness. Meaning: a person called in a lawsuit to give testimony before the court or jury. In Indonesia it’s known as saksi.


6. Jury. Meaning: people selected and sworn to inquire into and declare a verdict, whether the defendant charges guilty or not.

The term ‘jury’ only exists in Anglo-Saxon countries, such as Britain and United States. In Indonesia there’s no such thing as jury because we subscribe to Civil law system where the verdict is given by The Judge.


7. Clerk of the court. Meaning: a secretary who records, documents, the proceedings of a court trial and hearings. In Indonesia it’s known as panitera.

Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, November 21, 2015


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