Legal English

Definition - What does Legal English mean?

Legal English is a term that is used to describe the language with which lawyers and judges speak to each other. This language can be difficult for the average person to understand because it involves many legal terms and phrases. For example, terms such as "tort," "writs" and "mens rea" may be used in legal English.

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Legal English is difficult for the average person to understand, which is why many people hire lawyers in the first place. Lawyers help people to navigate and interpret the complex language of the law.

If a person with no formal legal training tries to defend themselves in a trial, then they may struggle to keep up with the legal English that is most likely to be used during the trial.

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