matter of substance
- A topic that deals with the main points of a legal case, rather than focusing on its format or less important details
- The defense lawyer spent the majority of the trial focusing on the matter of substance, rather than procedural errors.
- Critics argued that the new regulation failed to address the matter of substance and instead got caught up in small details.
- In the contract dispute, the judge urged both parties to focus on the matter of substance rather than insignificant clauses.