certified question

Definition of "certified question"
  1. This is a question regarding state law that can influence the result of a case being assessed in a federal court. It is forwarded to the highest court of the state by the federal court, especially when there isn't any state precedent that applies
How to use "certified question" in a sentence
  1. To resolve a legal deadlock, the federal court sent a certified question to the state's highest court.
  2. When there was no controlling state precedent, the judge elevated a certified question.
  3. The outcome of the case in federal court hinged on a certified question sent to the Supreme Court of the state.

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