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ECCLESIASTICAL LAW
Synonymous to canon law: the body of church-made law which binds only those persons which recognize it, usually only church officers, and based on aged precepts of canon law.

EMBARGO
This is an act of international military aggression where an order is made prohibiting ships or goods from leaving a certain port, city or territory and may be enforced by military threat of destroying any vehicle that attempts to break it or by trade penalties. The word has also come to refer to a legal prohibition of trade with a certain nation or a prohibition towards the use of goods or services produced by or within a certain nation.

ENGROSSMENT
The final version of any legal document.

EVIDENCE
Any form of proof legally presented at a trial through witnesses, records, documents, etc.

EXECUTOR
A person specifically appointed by a testator to administer the will ensuring that final wishes are respected (i.e. that the will is properly "executed"). An executor is a personal representative.

EXCULPATE
Something that excuses or justifies a wrong action.

EXPERT EVIDENCE
Testimony given by those qualified to speak with authority regarding scientific, technical or professional matters.