excusable neglect

noun

Legal Definition of excusable neglect

: the failure of a party to follow a required procedure in a timely fashion that results from a circumstance (as an accident) which is considered by the court to be sufficient reason to excuse that party — compare unavoidable casualty

Note: Excusable neglect allows a party to seek relief from a default judgment, to file late, or to be granted a deadline extension.

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“Excusable neglect.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/excusable%20neglect. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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