summary proceeding


: a civil or criminal proceeding conducted without formalities (such as pleadings) for the speedy disposition of a matter

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Scheller argued that that was all that ever could be at issue in a summary proceeding like extradition. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1643, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of summary proceeding was in 1643

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“Summary proceeding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition

summary proceeding

see proceeding

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