plain error

Definition of "plain error"
  1. A clear and significant mistake made by a trial court that warrants attention by an appeals court, despite it not being contested when it occurred
How to use "plain error" in a sentence
  1. The conviction was overturned because of a plain error in the judge’s sentencing.
  2. The attorney argued there was a plain error in the interpretation of the law during the trial.
  3. Despite the prosecution's strong case, a plain error in the jury instructions led to an appeal.

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