Act

n. in legal context, the word could signify the result of a public deliberation, a decision of a legislative body, of a council, of a court of justice, or of a magistrate. Act also is an instrument in writing to verify facts, say for example an act of parliament. In the context of civil laws or contracts an act is a writing which states that a thing has been said, done, or agreed. Private acts are those made by private persons and not by a public authority, and pertains to private affairs in relation to their receipts and expenditures, schedules, acquittances, and the like.