general appearance

noun

Legal Definition of general appearance

: a court appearance by which a party submits to the jurisdiction of the court especially by asking for any relief other than a ruling that the court has no jurisdiction over the appearing party — compare special appearance

Note: General appearances are not used in the federal courts or in state courts that follow the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

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“General appearance.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/general%20appearance. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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