clean-up doctrine

Definition of "clean-up doctrine"
  1. A legal principle that permits a court, specifically a court of equity, to rule on both fairness-based (equitable) and law-based issues within a case, as long as the law-related queries are subordinate to and arise from the fairness-based ones
How to use "clean-up doctrine" in a sentence
  1. The clean-up doctrine was applied in this case allowing the equity court to resolve both the equitable and related legal matters.
  2. Under the clean-up doctrine, the judge could rule on the law-based issues as they were closely connected to the main fairness-based issue.
  3. Given that the legal questions were tied to the equitable issues in the lawsuit, the clean-up doctrine enabled the court to handle both.

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