sua sponte

Definition of "sua sponte"
  1. A Latin term meaning a judge makes a decision without a request from any party involved in a lawsuit
How to use "sua sponte" in a sentence
  1. The judge, sua sponte, offered guidance on the point of law that both parties had overlooked.
  2. A dismissal can occur sua sponte if the court believes the case lacks merit.
  3. The court may, sua sponte, decide to review a case if it believes there has been a significant error.

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