Legal Definition and Related Resources of Procedure

Meaning of Procedure

The mode of proceeding by which a legal right is enforced; the mode in which the successive steps in litigation are taken. That which regulates the formal steps in an action or other judicial proceeding . The law of procedure is also called adjective law , as opposed to substantive law . See federal rules of civil procedure , Appendix 3. The common law recognizes no vested rights in procedure, and a party invoking the jurisdiction of the court must take procedure as he finds it. The conception of procedure is, in this connection, a comprehensive one, including process and evidence , methods of execution , rules of limitations affecting the remedy and the rules of the court with regard to the kind of relief that can be granted to a suitor , but it does not extend to substantive rights. In narrowest sense, the term is limited to writs or writings issued from an act of court under the seal of the court and returnable to the court.

Procedure Alternative Definition

The rule of pleading and practice by which, rights are enforced. It is generally considered as not including the law of evidence.

Synonyms of Procedure


  • act
  • action
  • adjective law
  • common practice
  • conduct
  • course
  • course of action
  • established method
  • habit
  • line of action
  • manner of proceeding
  • manner of working
  • matter of course
  • method
  • methodology
  • mode
  • mode of operation
  • mode of use
  • modus operandi
  • order
  • particular course of action
  • plan
  • policy
  • practice
  • proceeding
  • process
  • program
  • routine
  • rule
  • scheme
  • way
  • way of operation
  • Associated Concepts: civil procedure
  • criminal procedure
  • judicial procedure
  • pretrial procedure
  • rule of procedureforeign phrases: Cursus curiae est lex curiae
  • The practice of the court is the law of the court

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Procedure in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Adjective Law, Affidavit Of Service, Affirmative Defense, Alternative Pleadings, Amendment, Arbitration, , , Circuity Of Action, Civil Jury Trial, Civil Procedure, Class Action, Closure, Cognozit, Collective Bargaining, Count, Deposition, Directory, Discovery, Distrain, Ejectment, Election, Election Contest, Erroneous, Except, Federal Rules Of Appellate Procedure, Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules Of Criminal Procedure, Implead, Impleader, Interpleader, Interrogatories, Joinder Of Causes Of Actions, Justification, Lottery, Master, Material Fact, Notice Of Motion, Objection, Pleading, Practise, Probate, Production, Rules Of Court, Sequestration, Small Claims Court, Third Party, .


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See Also

  • Law Dictionaries.
  • Further Reading

    J. Michael, The Elements of Legal Controversy (1948); P. Carrington, Civil Procedure (1969).

    Civil Procedure.

    Procedure in Law Enforcement

    Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of procedure.


    See Also

    • Law Enforcement Officer
    • Police
    • Law Enforcement Agency

    Further Reading

    Procedure Meaning in the U.S. Court System

    The rules for conducting a lawsuit. There are rules of civil, criminal, bankruptcy, and appellate procedure.

    Meaning of Procedure in Political Science

    A very basic notion of Procedure related to the United States’election law is provided here: A series of steps followed in a regular order


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