sidebar

noun side·bar \ ˈsīd-ˌbär \
Updated on: 18 May 2018

Definition of sidebar

1 a : a short news story or graphic accompanying and presenting sidelights of a major story
b : something incidental : sidelight
  • a sidebar to the essay's central theme
2 : a conference between the judge, the lawyers, and sometimes the parties to a case that the jury does not hear

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First Known Use of sidebar

1928

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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sidebar

noun side·bar \ ˈsīd-ˌbär \

legal Definition of sidebar

: sidebar conference
  • had failed to request a sidebar before injecting the collateral offense into the trial
  • Dockery v. State, 659 So. 2d 219 (1994)
also : the place near or before the bench where a sidebar conference takes place
  • the judge informed both attorneys…that they…could stand at sidebar while questions were posed
  • Commonwealth v. Urena, 632 N.E.2d 1200 (1994)
— compare bench, stand

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