Quasi-criminal (proceeding)

Definition

A [wex:civil] proceeding that may result in a penalty akin to a [wex:criminal] penalty, e.g. imprisonmentLittle v. Streater, 452 U.S. 1, 10 (1981). The U.S. Supreme Court has described [wex:punitive damages] as a "quasi-criminal punishment." Pacific Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Haslip, 499 U.S. 1, 19 (1991). A [wex:defendant] in a quasi-criminal proceeding is entitled to [wex:due process] protections.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Pacific Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Haslip, 499 U.S. 1 (1991) and Little v. Streater, 452 U.S. 1 (1981).

See also

  • [wex:Criminal law]

  • [wex:Criminal procedure]