Chancery n. 1 The traditional name for a court of equity. 2 Equity or proceedings administered in courts of equity.
Change in circumstances n. A modification, usually substantial, unanticipated, and involuntary, in the emotional, financial, or physical condition of one or both parents, warranting a modification of a child custody or child support order.
Change of venue n. The transfer of a case from a court in one location to a court in another, or from one court to another in the same judicial district, for reasons of fairness or for the convenience of the parties or the witnesses.
Charge n. 1 The formal allegation, contained in an indictment, information, or presentment, that a person committed a specific crime. 2 An instruction to the jury. 3 A claim, debt, encumbrance, or lien. 4 An individual or thing placed in another's care.
Charge conference n. A meeting between a judge and the parties' lawyers, after the parties have closed their cases and before the jury is charged, to determine the content of the instructions to the jury and to note any objections the lawyers may have to the instructions proposed by the judge.