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|Noun||1.||legal proceeding - (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked|
foreclosure - the legal proceedings initiated by a creditor to repossess the collateral for loan that is in default
intervention - (law) a proceeding that permits a person to enter into a lawsuit already in progress; admission of person not an original party to the suit so that person can protect some right or interest that is allegedly affected by the proceedings; "the purpose of intervention is to prevent unnecessary duplication of lawsuits"
procedure - a mode of conducting legal and parliamentary proceedings
due process, due process of law - (law) the administration of justice according to established rules and principles; based on the principle that a person cannot be deprived of life or liberty or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards
action at law, legal action, action - a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong
causa, lawsuit, suit, case, cause - a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the family brought suit against the landlord"
adoption - a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit)
appeal - (law) a legal proceeding in which the appellant resorts to a higher court for the purpose of obtaining a review of a lower court decision and a reversal of the lower court's judgment or the granting of a new trial; "their appeal was denied in the superior court"
bankruptcy - a legal process intended to insure equality among the creditors of a corporation declared to be insolvent
receivership - a court action that places property under the control of a receiver during litigation so that it can be preserved for the benefit of all
judicial proceeding, litigation - a legal proceeding in a court; a judicial contest to determine and enforce legal rights
trial - (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law; "he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty"; "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"
review - (law) a judicial reexamination of the proceedings of a court (especially by an appellate court)
hearing - (law) a proceeding (usually by a court) where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact and reaching a decision based on that evidence