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sua sponte

adverb or adjective sua spon·te \ˈsü-ə-ˈspän-tē, -ˈspōn-tā\

Legal Definition of sua sponte

  1. :  on the court's own motion or initiative authorize the court to order a new trial sua sponte — J. H. Friedenthal et al. the court's sua sponte dismissal

Origin and Etymology of sua sponte

Latin, of its own accord


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