plea in bar

Definition of "plea in bar"
  1. A response in a court case that suggests the presence of a complete barrier, such as a time limit for filing a lawsuit, that obstructs a legal action
How to use "plea in bar" in a sentence
  1. The defense attorney entered a plea in bar, reasoning that the time frame for filing the lawsuit had expired.
  2. During the trial, the judge accepted the plea in bar regarding the expired statute of limitations.
  3. Her plans to file a lawsuit were hindered when the opposing counsel introduced a plea in bar based on the time limit.

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