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Larceny - Obtaining property by fraud or deceit.

Law - The combination of those rules and principles of conduct promulgated by legislative authority, derived from court decisions and established by local custom.

Lawsuit - An action or proceeding in a civil court; term used for a suit or action between two private parties in a court of law.

Leading question - A question that suggests the answer desired of the witness.  A party generally may not ask one’s own witness leading questions.  Leading questions may be asked only of hostile witnesses and on cross-examination.

Legislation - The act of giving or enacting laws; the power to make laws via legislation in contrast to court-made laws.

Legitimate - That which is legal, lawful, recognized by law or according to law.
Leniency - Recommendation for a sentence less than the maximum allowed.

Letters of Administration - Legal document issued by a court that shows an administrator’s legal right to take control of assets in the deceased person’s name.

Liable - Legally responsible.

Libel - Published defamation which tends to injure a person’s reputation.

Lien - An encumbrance or legal burden upon property.

Limited Jurisdiction - Refers to courts that are limited in the types of criminal and civil cases they may hear.  For example, traffic violations generally are heard by limited jurisdiction courts.

Litigant - A party to a lawsuit.

Litigation - A lawsuit; a legal action, including all proceedings therein.