Earnings withholding order: Court order delivered ("served") by a "levying officer" or registered "process server" that directs a judgment debtor's employer to withhold the earnings of the judgment debtor for the purpose of wage garnishment.
EASE program: In Contra Costa County -- Extra Assistance to Settle Early. A discontinued term relating to the Court Mediation program.
Engineering Traffic Survey: A study of the general driving conditions for a section of road or highway. Factors considered include residential density on both sides of the road, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, roadside conditions not readily apparent to the driver, accident records, and prevailing speeds as determined by traffic engineering measurements.
Emancipation: A legal way for children to become adults before they are 18 years old. Once a child is emancipated, his or her parents don't have custody or control of him or her anymore.
Employer's Return: A form returned to a levying officer by an employer that states whether the judgment debtor still works there and when the debtor is paid, and corrects any wrong information about the debtor or employer for the purpose of wage garnishment.
Endorsed-filed copies: Copies of court papers that are stamped in the top right corner to show when they were filed. (Compare with certified copy.)
Enforce: To take legal steps to make sure someone complies with a judgment.
Enjoin: To order or require; to order that something be stopped.
Eviction: A court-administered proceeding for removing a tenant from a rental unit because the tenant has violated the rental agreement or did not comply with a notice ending the tenancy (also called an "unlawful detainer" lawsuit). Eviction notice (or three-day notice): A three-day notice that the landlord serves on the tenant when the tenant has violated the lease or rental agreement. The three-day notice usually instructs the tenant to either leave the rental unit or comply with the lease or rental agreement (for example, by paying past-due rent) within the three-day period.
Evidence: Any proof legally presented at trial through witnesses, records, and/or exhibits.
Exempt Assets: Property and income of a judgment debtor that is legally protected from being forcibly taken to pay a judgment debt. (See Claim of Exemption.)
Exhibit: A document or an object shown and identified in court as evidence in a case. Normally, the court assigns an identifying letter or number in alphabetical or numerical order before exhibits are offered as evidence.
Ex parte: These Latin words mean "from 1 side only." An example is a motion that is made without giving notice to the other side. In many courts, even ex parte motions require 24-hour notice to the other side except under unusual circumstances.