Legal Terms ( K )

Kangaroo Court: A term, which refers to a bogus court or sham legal proceedings that deny the basic rights of a party to a case. This term may denote an unauthorized court or an authorized one, which conducts its proceedings without taking into account the principles of law and justice.

Kidnap: Forceful and unlawful abduction, and detention of a person against his/her will, with the intent to demand ransom, to make him hostage, to threaten a third person, to cause physical harm to the person or to abuse sexually, or for any such reason.

Kin: The closest relatives of a person, especially by blood, but includes those who are related by marriage and adoption too. This term is mostly used to denote those relatives, who are entitled by law to inherit the property of a person who dies without leaving a will.

Kick-out Clause: A provision incorporated in sales contracts, which allows the seller to void the agreement in case of receiving a better offer before the closure of the sale. This clause is mostly used in real estate contracts.

Knowledge: An awareness of the actual facts. A person can be guilty of an unlawful act, if he is doing it with actual knowledge of the facts. For example, a person buying stolen goods, with the knowledge of the real facts that the goods are stolen, makes his act a crime. But some people may buy the goods without any knowledge of the facts. So, knowledge plays a vital role in proving such crimes.


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