collateral attack

Definition of "collateral attack"
  1. An attempt to challenge a court's decision in a different case, often due to alleged lack of jurisdiction
How to use "collateral attack" in a sentence
  1. In criminal law, a collateral attack is often made via habeas corpus petition.
  2. A collateral attack on a previous ruling can disrupt the resolution of a case.
  3. If the defendant believes the court lacked jurisdiction, they might launch a collateral attack.

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