An actual controversy is a contstitutional requirement (Found in found in Art. III, Section 2, Clause 1) for federal courts that demands there be a real dispute between two parties capable of being resolved by the court, as opposed to a hypothetical case brought in an attempt to get the court to issue an advisory opinion.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
An actual dispute that can be legally resolved, as opposed to a hypothetical or theoretical conflict created for the sake of attaining an advisory opinion. It is a Constitutional requirement for federal jurisdiction.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:10 pm