plea in bar
- 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
- The defense attorney entered a plea in bar, reasoning that the time frame for filing the lawsuit had expired.
- During the trial, the judge accepted the plea in bar regarding the expired statute of limitations.
- Her plans to file a lawsuit were hindered when the opposing counsel introduced a plea in bar based on the time limit.