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Joint Administration
the administration of the estates of closely related debtors for the purpose of convenience and the reduction of administrative costs. See consolidation of cases.
Joint Case
a bankruptcy proceeding involving an individual and the individual's spouse. (4)
Joint Debtors
See codebtors
Joint petition
One bankruptcy petition filed by a husband and wife together.
Judge
An official of the judicial branch with authority to decide lawsuits brought before courts. Used generically, the term judge may also refer to all judicial officers, including Supreme Court justices.
Judgeship
The position of judge. By statute, Congress authorizes the number of judgeships for each district and appellate court.
Judgment
The official decision of a court finally resolving the dispute between the parties to the lawsuit.
Judgment Lien
a judicial lien arising on all the real property owned by the debtor in the county in which the judgment is docketed or recorded. In some states, a judgment recorded in UC filing records creates a judgment lien on the debtor's personal property.
Judicial Lien
Judicial Conference of the United States
The policy-making entity for the federal court system. A 27-judge body whose presiding officer is the Chief Justice of the United States.
a lien arising by virtue of a court order or judgment. A judicial lien may be a prejudgment writ of attachment or a post judgment writ of execution. Section 101(32) of the Bankruptcy Code defines judicial lien. (6)
Jurisdiction
The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a certain type of case. It also is used as a synonym for venue, meaning the geographic area over which the court has territorial jurisdiction to decide cases.
Jurisprudence
The study of law and the structure of the legal system.
Jury
The group of persons selected to hear the evidence in a trial and render a verdict on matters of fact. See also grand jury.
Jury instructions
A judge's directions to the jury before it begins deliberations regarding the factual questions it must answer and the legal rules that it must apply.

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