Glossary beginning with H

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Habeas corpus

Going before a court or judge to decide whether a person is being unlawfully denied his or her freedom

Head of household

A tax filing status for someone who is unmarried and lives with a dependent

Hear

(verb) Listen to and judge a case

Hearing

(noun) When the parties in a case present their sides of a case to a judge or other officer

Hearsay

A statement made outside the courtroom and used in court to show something is true

Heir

Anyone who receives property from someone who has died

Holdover tenant

A tenant who continues to occupy a residence after the term of the lease and without the consent of the landlord

Hung jury

A jury that is unable to agree on a final decision resulting in a mistrial