Legal Definition of special appearance
: an appearance by a party in court for the sole purpose of challenging the court's assertion of personal jurisdiction over the party — compare general appearance
Additional Notes on special appearance
Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the rules of states that have adopted it, the use of a special appearance to challenge jurisdiction has been abolished, and jurisdiction may be challenged in the pleadings or in a pretrial motion.
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