authorities

authorities
I noun administration, commanders, directors, executives, government, heads, magistratus, management, officeholders, officials, persons in office, persons of commanding influence, potestates, powers that be, rulers, those holding power, those in command, those in control, those of influence, those who rule associated concepts: competent authorities, governmental authorities, lawful authorities, local authorities, municipal authorities, port authorities, turnpike and toll authorities II index bureaucracy, hierarchy (persons in authority)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


authorities
n.
Sources used in composing a legal document, such as statutes, cases, restatements, and articles.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


authorities
Decided cases, judgments, textbooks or statutes cited as a statement of the law.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


authorities
Governmental entities that have been created and delegated with official responsibilities, such as a county highway authority. In legal research and citation, entities cited as sources of law, such as statutes, judicial decisions, and legal textbooks. Parties support their positions in a lawsuit by citing authorities in briefs, motions, and other documents submitted to the court.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


authorities
Governmental entities that have been created and delegated with official responsibilities, such as a county highway authority. In legal research and citation, entities cited as sources of law, such as statutes, judicial decisions, and legal textbooks. Parties support their positions in a lawsuit by citing authorities in briefs, motions, and other documents submitted to the court.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

authorities
n.
   1) previous decisions by courts of appeal which provide legal guidance to a court on questions in a current lawsuit, which are called "precedents." Legal briefs (written arguments) are often called "points and authorities." Thus, a lawyer "cites" the previously decided cases as "authorities" for his/her legal positions.
   2) a common term for law enforcement, as in "I'm going to call the authorities" (i.e. police).
   See also: brief, cite, decision, precedent

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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