sua sponte

adverb or adjective

sua spon·​te
ˈsü-ə-ˈspän-tē, -ˈspōn-tā
: on the court's own motion or initiative
authorize the court to order a new trial sua sponteJ. H. Friedenthal et al.
the court's sua sponte dismissal

Word History


Latin, of its own accord

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“Sua sponte.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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