A civil or criminal proceeding. May be called an action, suit, or controversy, depending on the jurisdiction and nature of the dispute.
See Controversy for an explanation of the "case or controversy" requirement in federal court.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
1) A cause of action, lawsuit, or the right to sue (as in, "Do I have a case?"). 2) A written decision of a court that is reported in official "reporters" and can be cited as precedent for other cases.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:12 pm