- An old doctrine stating that governmental entities cannot be taken to court unless they consent to it. Although it originated from an era when monarchs had certain rights, this rule has largely been overridden by the Federal Tort Claims Act and specific state-level claims systems that waive immunity
- Due to governmental immunity, the city couldn't be sued without its consent.
- Law changes have restricted the extent of governmental immunity.
- The doctrine of governmental immunity has its roots in English common law.