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Scienter - From the latin, scienter - meaning knowingly.

Scott V Avery Clause - This is an arbitration clause in a contract meaning that any dispute must go to arbitration first before any litigation commences.

Searches - A generic term to describe enquiries of local authorities to check whether the property is adversely affected in any way.

Searching An Arrested Person - The police and criminal evidence act 1984 section 32 sets out the provisions for the police to search a person after arrest.

Second Reading - The second stage consists of the main debate on the bill. The debate focuses on the principles of the bill as opposed to the details.

Secondary Party - Sometimes referred to as accessories or accomplices.

Self-Defence - In english law self-defence is a defence to criminal charges.

Sentencing Council - The sentencing council for england and wales has been set up by part four of the coroners and justice act 2009.

Severable - Objects in a contract which can be separated.

Short Time - Short time working occurs when employees are laid off for part of their normal contracted hours.

Short Title - The title by which an act or measure is usually known.

Silk - A queen's counsel is also known as a "silk".

Sine Qua Non - Sometimes referred to as the 'but for' rule.

Skeleton Argument - A document providing the bare bones of a case.

Slander - Slander is defamation in a transitory form.

Small Claims Track - The small claims track considers cases to the value of ten thousand pounds. Legal representation is not essential.

Sole Practitioner - A solicitor practising as a sole practitioner.

Solicitor'S Complaint Bureau (Now Abolished) - The solicitor's complaints bureau handled complaints about the work of solicitors prior to being abolished in 1996.

Specific Intent - Intention can be defined as "the decision to bring about a prohibited consequence".

Stages Of A Bill Through Parliament - A bill goes through a number of stages before it becomes an act.

Stare Decisis - The doctrine of judicial precedent is based upon the latin maxim 'stare decisis et non quieta movere'.

State Of Affairs Offence - There are some strict liability offences which are said to give rise to ‘absolute’ or 'state of affairs' liability.

Statutory Instruments - Statutory instruments are a major method of law making in this country.

Stop And Search (Police Powers) - The police and criminal evidence act 1984 section 1 sets out the provisions for the police to carry out stop and search.

Strict Liability - It is often said that no mens rea is needed for strict liability offences.

Sub Judice - A latin phrase meaning 'under judgment'.

Subpoena Ad Testificandum - A latin phrase meaning 'under penalty to witness'.

Subpoena Duces Tecum - A latin phrase meaning 'under penalty to bring with you'.

Subsidiarity - The principle of subsidiarity is defined in article 5 - lisbon treaty on european union.

Sufficiency - Consideration must be sufficient but does not have to be adequate.

Suicide Pact - Reduces an offence of murder to manslaughter where the survivor is the other person taking part in a joint suicide pact.

Summary (Instant) Dismissal - Summary dismissal is a very serious matter as it brings to an end the contract of employment immediately.

Summary Offences - Offences of a more minor nature which are usually tried in the magistrates' court.

Summing Up - At the end of the trial and once all the evidence has been presented the trial judge assists the jury by summing up the evidence.

Super Affirmative Procedure - Before the super affirmative procedure there was no scope for amendments to be made to statutory instruments once laid before parliament.

Superior Judges - There are important differences between superior judges and inferior judges.

Supranationalism - The european community could be described as a supranational arrangement.

Supreme Court - The supreme court is the final court of appeal in the uk for civil cases, and for criminal cases from england, wales and northern ireland.