decree pro confesso

Definition of "decree pro confesso"
  1. A ruling made by a court, assuming that a defendant's failure to respond is an admission to the claims made against them
How to use "decree pro confesso" in a sentence
  1. When no objection was raised, the judge issued a decree pro confesso.
  2. The court can issue a decree pro confesso if the defendant fails to respond to allegations made in the lawsuit.
  3. Upon the defendant’s continued silence, the court had no choice but to issue a decree pro confesso.

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