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An informal record, in the form of a brief written note or outline, of a particular legal transaction or document for the purpose of aiding the parties in remembering particular points or for future reference.

A memorandum may be used in court to prove that a particular contract was made. For instance, in a real estate transaction, a memorandum can be used to show that the parties to a sale have entered into an agreement to sell a particular parcel at an indicated price, in addition to other details of the agreement. This type of memorandum is also referred to as a binder.

An attorney might use a memorandum to explain and summarize a specific point of law for a judge or for another attorney.

A memorandum decision is a written decision, issued by a court, which reports the ruling, and the decisions and orders of the court. It does not, however, contain an opinion, which is an explanation of the rationale upon which the decision was based.

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n. 1) a brief writing, note, summary or outline. 2) A "memorandum of decision," or "memorandum opinion" are brief statements by a judge announcing his/her ruling without detail or giving extensive reasons, which may or may not be followed by a more comprehensive written decision. Such memoranda (plural) are issued by appeals courts in language such as: "The petition of appellant is denied for the reasons stated in Albini v. Younger," or "The decision below is affirmed."

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MEMORANDUM. Literally, to be remembered. It is an informal instrument recording some fact or agreement, so called from its beginning, when it was made in Latin. It is sometimes commenced with this word, though written in English; as "Memorandum, that it is agreed," or it is headed with the words, "Be it remembered that," &c. The term memorandum is also applied to the clause of an instrument.

MEMORANDUM, insurance. A clause in a policy limiting the liability of the insurer. Its usual form is as follows, namely, "N. B. Corn, fish, salt, fruit, flour and seed, are warranted free from average, unless general, or the ship be stranded: sugar, tobacco, hemp, flax, hides and skins, are warranted free from average, under five percent; and all other goods, also the ship and freight, are warranted free from average, under three percent unless general, or the ship be stranded." Marsh. Ins.223; 5 N. S. 293; Id. 540; 4 N. S. 640; 2 L. R. 433; Id. 435.

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- a memorandum of cooperation between the Governments of Kyrgyzstan and India on joint research in high-latitude biology and medicine, memorandum of understanding between the Ministries of Health of Kyrgyzstan and India on cooperation in health care sector;
The memorandum reads that February 9 and 11 being the anniversaries of Mohammad Afzal Guru and Mohammad Maqbool Butt respectively, 'We appeal your Excellency to effectively take up the issue with the government of India for the return of their mortal remains to their kith and the people of Jammu and Kashmir.'
"The two governments will endeavour to agree on cooperation arrangements, endeavor within 12 months of this memorandum of agreement," Locsin said.
The Memorandum includes support to FBR to ensure that multinational companies pay the right amount of tax and to participate in an international effort to reduce tax evasion.
Summary: All Memorandums of Association must be made in Arabic, or they will become null and void
"Minister explains the withdrawal from Memorandum"From the very beginning, out of principle I have opposed uranium mining near Kosice, so I complied with the mayor's request (from last November) and as the economy minister I have withdrawn from this memorandum starting today," Ziga noted January 23, as cited by the SITA newswire.
Approving a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation in the field of sports between the governments of Qatar and Turkmenistan signed in Ashgabat on 07/03/2016.
Deputy of Afghan chamber of commerce and industry Khan Jan Alkozai said, APTA memorandum of understanding expired, but Pakistan is still using that rout and its goods are reaching to Central Asia.
Memorandum leads to strengthening the Canadian-Egyptian trade relations and exchange experiences in establishing an Egyptian commodity exchanges
Most pertinent to this analysis, however, is Cooper's observation that "as with other tools of presidential direct action, the precise definition of the presidential memorandum is unclear and evolving" (2002, 83).
The memorandum of understanding between the Governments of Kyrgyzstan and Iran on reciprocal trade preferences signed on 21 December 2013 in Tehran, the protocol on implementation of the given memorandum of understanding will be denounced by Kyrgyzstan in connection with the entry into the Eurasian Economic Union, Deputy Economy Minister Danil Ibrayev said at the plenary session of the Parliament on November 26.
THE SO-CALLED renegotiation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) has become the banner of the opposition parties, which have never had any qualms about setting non-achievable goals to give people false hope.