Glossary - F
Lawyers often use technical terms. This guide to common legal words will make it easier for you to understand the law and Victoria's legal system. It will help you understand the legal information you need to read when you have a legal issue or problem.
- false imprisonment
Keeping someone locked up or preventing them leaving against their will, without lawful authority.
- family violence intervention order
A court order made to protect a family member from violence, intimidation or harassment.
An official authorisation to do something, issued in the name of a government official. For example, an Attorney-General can give their fiat to allow a person to bring proceedings in a court when they would not normally have the right to do so.
- fiduciary duty
An obligation to act honestly and for the benefit of another person. The duty only applies to certain relationships where a fiduciary relationship exists; for example, a solicitor owes a fiduciary duty to their client.
- forensic patient or resident
A person detained in a mental hospital or institution after being found unfit to stand trial, or found not guilty because of mental illness or intellectual disability.
- forensic procedure
- freedom of association
The right to join or choose to be identified with some group with a common interest. For example, people have a right to join a union.