exhaustion of remedies
- A principle in both civil and criminal law that states a legal solution cannot be pursued in a different place, such as a federal district court, until all available avenues for a resolution have been used up in the original area of authority, such as a state court, tribal court, or regulatory agency
- Our lawyer advised us to follow the exhaustion of remedies principle and pursue all possible solutions in the state court before appealing to the federal court.
- According to the exhaustion of remedies rule, they have to exhaust all options in the tribal court before turning to a higher court.
- The plaintiff couldn't immediately file a lawsuit in the federal court as per the exhaustion of remedies doctrine; they had to first go through all potential remedies with the relevant administrative agency.