1．Self help - A term sometimes used to describe when a person handles a legal matter on their own, without using a lawyer.
2．Standard of proof - In a court case, indicates the degree to which the point must be proven. In a civil case, the plaintiff must usually establish his or her case by a "preponderance of evidence" or "clear and convincing evidence."
3．Standing - The legal right to bring a lawsuit. Only a person with something at stake has standing to bring a lawsuit.
4．Statute of limitations - A statute which limits the right of a plaintiff to file an action unless it is done within a specified time period after the occurrence which gives rise to the right to sue.
5．Stipulation - An agreement between the parties involved in a suit, agreeing that a certain fact or law will be assumed to be true or relevant.
6．Subpoena - An order compelling a person to appear to testify or produce documents.
7．Summary judgment - When a court gives its judgment that there is no dispute as to the facts of the case and one party is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law.
8．Summons - A legal document used to begin a civil case or to tell a person they must appear in court or respond to a lawsuit.