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out of court

Before trial or without litigation. The phrase is used to describe decisions, especially settlements, that are resolved before a case goes to trial. I have no desire to draw this out in a long trial, so let's offer to settle out of court.
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Mr Muchiri insisted the out-of-court talks must take place within the church structures that were not disclosed.
Under the amendment, the Public Prosecution and the courts would be forced to drop charges against a criminal suspect if an out-of-court settlement was reached with the victim.
With the support of the Hungarian National Bank and with the advice and input from various advisers and experts, we now have what we think is a robust template for multi-creditor out-of-court restructurings.
The apex court has seen the out-of-court pact between the Italians and the complainant as an attempt to defeat the legal process in the country regarding the incident.
Out-of-court settlements are being offered to people affected by last year's unrest in Bahrain.
Summary: Indian Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi will meet families of Mangalore air crash victims in New Delhi tomorrow to discuss ways to reach an out-of-court settlement in their compensation claims
It warned the Government should avoid "blindly walking towards justice delivered by officials" amid fears over the consistency and transparency of out-of-court disposals.
Mediation is divided into court- and out-of-court mediation.
The end of September is the new deadline that the two energy companies, EVN and ELEM, set to themselves to find an out-of-court solution.
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Three private creditor banks have compiled their own out-of-court restructuring plan to turn around Japan Airlines Corp.
UNFORTUNATELY Mark Mercer (Mailbag Friday) was wrong when he wrote that in 2007 Mr Shahid Malik sued a newspaper for libel and obtained an out-of-court settlement.
MICHAEL Jackson's planned appearance at the High Court today was cancelled after he reached an out-of-court settlement last night with an Arab sheikh who was suing him for pounds 4.
There had been suggestions that Hammers officials were ready to broker an out-of-court settlement with the Blades.
LAWYERS representing Chris Kinane last night appeared close to finalising an out-of-court settlement for the former assistant trainer to Ian Williams, who was kicked on the head by Saameq in the paddock at Wolverhampton in April 2005.