Glossary - H
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.
- habeas corpus
A common law action challenging the legality of someone's imprisonment.
- hand-up brief
A collection of documents that must be given to - 'served on' - the accused person in a criminal case and provided to the court. The brief must contain all the charges and a summary of evidence that will be used against the accused.
The time and place at which a court or tribunal hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision.
- hearsay evidence
(1) An agreement to pay for the temporary use of something, for example a car. Also called renting or leasing. (2) To employ someone to do work.
- hire purchase
A contract that requires a buyer to purchase goods by making instalment payments. The buyer only owns the goods after they have made the final instalment payment.