show cause

Definition of "show cause"
  1. A command from the court for a person to appear and present evidence why certain actions in an order should not be carried out
How to use "show cause" in a sentence
  1. The judge issued a show cause to the defendant, asking for reasons why the penalties should not be imposed.
  2. She received a show cause order, mandating her to provide evidence against the proposed changes to the custody arrangement.
  3. He was handed a show cause notice, requiring him to substantiate his assertions against the monetary fines.

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