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Garnishment - A legal
proceeding in which a debtor's money, in the possession of another
(called the garnishee) is applied to the debts of the debtor, such
as when an employer garnishes a debtor's wages.
General jurisdiction -
Refers to courts that have no limit on the types of criminal and
civil cases they may hear.
Good time - A reduction in
sentenced time in prison as a reward for good behavior. It usually
is one third to one half of the maximum sentence.
Government Printing Office
- The federal agency in charge of printing, binding, and selling
of all government communications.
Grand Jury - A jury of
inquiry whose duty it is to receive complaints and accusations in
criminal matters and if appropriate issue a formal indictment.
Grantor - The person who
sets up a trust. Also referred to as "settlor."
Grievance - In labor law a
complaint filed by an employee regarding working conditions to be
resolved by procedural machinery provided in the union contract.
An injury, injustice, or wrong which gives ground for complaint.
Guardian - A person
appointed by will or by law to assume responsibility for
incompetent adults or minor children. If a parent dies, this will
usually be the other parent. If both die, it probably will be a
Guardianship - Legal right
given to a person to be responsible for the food, housing, health
care, and other necessities of a person deemed incapable of
providing these necessities for himself or herself.