Primary authority. Authority that is issued by law-making bodies, such as a court's decision or a statute's legislative history.
Secondary authority. Authority that analyzes and explains the law, but is not issued by a court or legislature. For example, an annotation, law review article, or legal treatise.
Autopsy n. The post-mortem examination of a human body, including its dissection and the removal and inspection of the major organs, to determine the cause of death.
autre or auter n. French. Other, another.
autrefois acquit n. French. Formerly acquitted. A plea by a person indicted for a crime for which he or she has previously been tried and acquitted.
autre (or auter) vie n. French. Another's life.