PERSONAL INJURY LEGAL GLOSSARY
Glossary of Personal Injury Law Terms
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Garnishment: A legal proceeding in which a debtor's money, in
the possession of another (called the garnishee), is applied to the
debts of the debtor, such as when an employer garnishes a debtor's
General Jurisdiction: Refers to courts that have no limit
on the types of criminal and civil cases they may hear.
Good Time: A reduction in sentenced time in prison as a
reward for good behavior. It usually is one third to one half off
the maximum sentence.
Grand Jury: A body of persons sworn to inquire into crime
and if appropriate, bring accusations (indictments) against the
Grantor or Settlor: The person who sets up a trust.
Gross Negligence: Intentional failure to perform a manifest
duty in reckless disregard of the consequences to another person's
life or property. There is no clear distinction between gross
negligence and willful negligence.
Guardian: A person appointed by will or by law to assume
responsibility for incompetent adults or minor children. If a parent
dies, this will usually be the other parent. If both die, it
probably will be a close relative.
Guardianship: Legal right given to a person to be
responsible for the food, housing, health care, and other
necessities of a person deemed incapable of providing these
necessities for himself or herself. A guardian also may be given
responsibility for the person's financial affairs, and thus perform
additionally as a conservator. (See also conservatorship.)