due process noun
law : the official and proper way of doing things in a legal case : the rule that a legal case must be done in a way that protects the rights of all the people involved
: a course of formal proceedings (as legal proceedings) carried out regularly and in accordance with established rules and principles —called also procedural due process
: a judicial requirement that enacted laws may not contain provisions that result in the unfair, arbitrary, or unreasonable treatment of an individual —called also substantive due process
Examples of DUE PROCESS
- Due process requires that evidence not be admitted when it is obtained through illegal methods.
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Rhymes with DUE PROCESS
, bitter cress
, crown princess
, full-court press
, granny dress
, less and less
, more or less
, word process
due process noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Legal proceedings carried out fairly and in accord with established rules and principles. Due process standards are sometimes referred to as either substantive or procedural. Substantive due process refers to a requirement that laws and regulations be related to a legitimate government interest (e.g., crime prevention) and not contain provisions that result in the unfair or arbitrary treatment of an individual. The 5th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States states that no person shall
be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law. This right was extended to the states by the 14th Amendment (1868). Fundamental to procedural due process are adequate notice before the government can deprive one of life, liberty, or property, and the opportunity to be heard and defend one's rights. The boundaries of due process are not fixed and are the subject of endless judicial interpretation and decision making. See also rights of the accused; double jeopardy.
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