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     Legal Services Phrase Book

      Legal Services to English and back again. Includes
      acronyms and other commonly used terms.


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 Symbols


AA       

Alcoholics Anonymous

 

AAD

Administrative Adjudication Division

 

AAP    

Adoptive Assistance Program (State Hearings)

 

ABA    

American Bar Association

 

ABC    

Alcohol Beverage Commission

 

ACLU  

American Civil Liberties Union

 

ADA    

Americans with Disability Act

 

ADD    

Attention Deficit disorder

 

ADHD  

Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder

 

ADW   

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

 

AFDC

Aid to Families with Dependent Children (replaced by TANF)

 

ALJ     

Administrative law judge

 

ALRB  

Agricultural Labor Relations Board

 

Answers          

The formal response to a complaint filed against someone

 

APP

Aid Paid Pending

 

APS    

Adult Protective Services

 

AR

Authorized Representative (State Hearings)

 

BIA      

Bureau of Indian Affairs

 

BIP      

Behavior Intervention Plan

 

BWS   

Battered Woman Syndrome

 

CalWORKs      

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids

 

CBO    

Community Based Organization

 

cc        

Courtesy copy; copy of document sent to other than person named

Originally - carbon copy

 

CCP    

Code of Civil Procedure

 

CDC    

Center for Disease Control

 

CDE     

California Department of Education

 

CED     

Community Economic Development

 

CFR     

Code of Federal Regulations

 

CHHS  

California Health and Human Services

 

CHIPS 

Children's Health Insurance Program

 

CIA      

Central Intelligence Agency

 

cite     

Reference that supports statement "citation"

 

CLETS 

Criminal Law Enforcement Tracking System

 

CMH    

County Mental Health

 

COBRA

Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 - gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances

 

Complaint       

First document filed to start a lawsuit against someone

 

CPS    

Child Protective Services

 

CSS    

Child Support Service

 

DA       

District Attorney

 

DD       

Developmental Disability

 

DDS    

Department of Developmental Services

 

Default

What happens if a party fails to file an answer to the lawsuit

 

Defendant       

Person defending against a legal action

 

Deponent        

Person who is being deposed (questioned) at a deposition

 

DOB

Date of Birth

 

DOT    

Department of Transportation; Dictionary of Occupational Titles

 

DFEH   

Department of Fair Employment & Housing

 

DHS    

Department of Health Services

Department of Homeland Security

 

DIS      

Designated Instructional Services

 

DMH    

Department of Mental Health

 

DMV    

Department of Motor Vehicles (State)

 

DOI     

Department of the Interior

 

DOJ     

Department of Justice

 

DOL    

Department of Labor

 

DOR    

Department of Rehabilitation

 

DP       

Due Process

 

DSS    

Department of Social Services

 

DUI      

Driving Under the Influence

 

DV       

Domestic Violence

 

EBT     

Electronic Benefit Transfer

 

EDD     

Employment Development Department

 

EEOC  

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

 

EL       

English Learner

 

ENCL   

Enclosed

 

EPA     

Environmental Protection Act

 

ERISA 

Employment Retirement Income Security Act

 

EPSDT

Early Periodic Screening & Diagnostic Testing

 

Esq.     

Esquire

 

et. seq 

In a series, continuing beyond specific cite

 

EW

Eligibility Worker

 

Execute          

To sign

 

Ex Parte Order

Motion brought by single party to a judge

 

F2nd   

Federal Second

 

FAPE   

Free Appropriate Public Education

 

FBI      

Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

FBU

Family Budget Unit

 

FED     

Forcible entry and detainer

 

FEHA   

Fair Employment and Housing Act

 

FEMA  

Federal Emergency Management Agency

 

FOIA   

Freedom of Information Act

 

GA      

General Assistance

 

GLBT  

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender people

 

GR      

General Relief

 

HHS    

Health and Human Services

http://www.hhs.gov/

 

HMO    

Health Maintenance Organization

 

HUD    

Housing and Urban Development

http://www.hud.gov/

 

i.d.      

same cite as before

 

i.e.      

for example

 

I-95      

Form to get lawful permanent residence  (LPR)

 

IBID     

Same cite as before

 

IDEA    

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

 

IEP      

Individual Education Plan

 

IFSP    

Individual Family Service Plan

 

IG        

Inspector General

 

IHS      

Indian Health Service

 

IHP      

Individual Habitation Plan

 

IHSS   

In Home Support Service

 

In forma Pauperis                   

Fee waiver

 

INS      

Immigration and Naturalization Service

Now part of the Department of Homeland Security

http://www.immigration.gov 

 

IOLA   

Interest on Lawyer Account

 

IOLTA 

Interest on Lawyers Trust Account

 

IPP      

Individual Program Plan

 

IRS      

Internal Revenue Service

http://www.irs.gov/

 

JAG     

Judge Advocate General

 

JD       

Juris Doctorate

 

Judgment       

The judge's final decision of the case

 

LEP     

Limited English Proficiency

 

LL       

Landlord

 

LLM    

Masters in Law

 

LPR     

Legal Permanent Residence

 

LRE     

Least Restrictive Environment

 

LSC     

Legal Services Corporation

http://www.lsc.gov/

 

LTC     

Long Term Care

 

LTCC   

Long Term Care Council

 

MH      

Mental Health

 

MIP     

Minor in Possession

 

N-400   

Naturalization Application

 

NHLP  

National Health Law Program

 

OAH    

Office of Administrative Hearings

 

OCR    

Office for Civil Rights

 

OCRA  

Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy

 

OHP    

Oregon Health Plan

 

Ombudsman   

Go-between on certain issues, i.e. Health Care Ombudsman

 

OP      

Opposing party

 

OSC    

Order to show cause

 

OSHA  

Occupational Safety and Health Act

 

OT       

Occupational Therapy

 

PAI      

Protection and Advocacy, Inc.

 

PD       

Public Defender

 

Penal  

Criminal

 

Petitioner        

Person filing formal request for relief

 

PHA    

Public Housing Authority

 

Π 

Plaintiff

 

PJ       

Presiding Judge

 

Plaintiff           

Person who filed a complaint against someone

 

POMS 

Program Operational Manual Systems

 

PPO    

Preferred Provider Organization

 

Pro Per           

Without an attorney

 

Pro Se

Person Representing him/her self, at the federal level

 

PT       

Physical therapy

 

RC       

Regional Center

 

RO      

Restraining Order

 

         

Section

 

1983  

Civil Rights Act

 

SCHIP 

State Children's Health Insurance Program

http://cms.hhs.gov/schip/

 

SDI      

State Disability Insurance

 

Section 8        

Federally subsidized housing program administered by local PHA

 

SEIU    

Service Employees International Union

 

SIU

Special Investigative Unit

 

SSA    

Social Security Administration

http://www.ssa.gov/

 

SSDI   

Social Security Disability Insurance

 

SSI      

Supplemental Security Income

 

Stay    

To stop some legal action/activity from happening temporarily

 

Stet     

Leave it the way it was originally despite my markings to the contrary

 

TANF   

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

 

Δ         

Defendant

 

TRO    

Temporary Restraining Order

 

UD

Unlawful Detainer

 

UFW    

United Farm Workers

 

UIB      

Unemployment Insurance Benefit

 

USDA

United States Department of Agriculture

http://www.usda.gov/

 

VA

Veterans' Administration

http://www.va.gov/

 

VAWA 

Violence Against Women Act

 

v         

versus, against

 

W2      

Financial tax form that confirms & states income from employment that year

 

W&I Code

Welfare & Institutions Code

   

WCLP 

Western Center on Law and Poverty

 

 

SYMBOLS

Π         

Plaintiff

 

         

Section

 

Δ         

Defendant