Extrajudicial

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Extrajudicial refers to something that has occurred outside of or without the authorization of the judicial system. As such, it might not follow proper legal procedures or might not carry adequate legal authority. For example, an extrajudicial statement would be something said outside of the courtroom. Such a statement would need to qualify under the hearsay rule to be entered as evidence in court proceedings. As another example, an extrajudicial punishment would be a punishment administered by state actors without due process of the law.

[Last updated in July of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]