(Rules of) Procedure – the judicial rule or manner for carrying on a civil class suit or criminal prosecution:

 l. A specific method or course of action.
2. The judicial rule or manner for carrying on a civil class suit or criminal prosecution. — aka rules of procedure. [1]
1. The means adopted, that is the practice followed, whereby a court adjudicates controversies within its jurisdiction and properly presented to it, as distinguished from the substantive principles according to which rights and wrongs are determined.  Green v Board of Comrs. 126 Okla 300, 259 P 635; Nordling v Johnston, 205 Or 315, 283 P2d 994, 48 ALR2d 1369. [2]
1. The means or method by which a court adjudicates cases (EXAMPLES: the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure; rules of court), as distinguished from the substantive law by which it determines legal rights.
     See rules of civil procedure; rules of criminal procedure.  See also practice.
2. A specific course of action; a particular method for doing something.  EXAMPLE: a medical procedure. [3]

Related Terms:

proceeding – the regular and orderly progression of a lawsuit, including all acts and events between the time of commencement and the entry of judgment.

process – the means of compelling a defendant to appear in court, whether in a civil or criminal case, and of the acts of the court from the beginning to the end of an action or proceeding.

 due process – the conduct of legal proceedings according to established rules, forms, and principles for the protection and enforcement of private rights, including notice and the right to a fair hearing before a tribunal with the power to decide the case.


[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6


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