due process of law
due process of law: due process

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

due process of law
n.
Fair judicial treatment guaranteed to every U.S. citizen by the Constitution in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, which promise that no citizen will be deprived of life, liberty, or property without the opportunity to first defend him-or herself, including the rights to a fair trial, to be present at one’s trial, to be allowed to present testimony, and to present evidence to counter the opposing side’s case.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


due process of law
the legal mechanism. It suggests a freedom from arbitrary detention. The concept is particularly important in the USA, being enshrined in the Fourteenth Amendment preventing interference in private life without due process. See bill of rights (USA). See also human rights.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


due process of law
A fundamental principle of fairness in all legal matters, both civil and criminal, especially in the courts. All legal procedures set by statute and court practice, including notice of rights, must be followed for each individual so that no prejudicial or unequal treatment will result. While somewhat indefinite, the term can be gauged by its aim to safeguard both private and public rights against unfairness.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


due process of law
A fundamental, constitutional guarantee that all legal proceedings will be fair and that one will be given notice of the proceedings and an opportunity to be heard before the government acts to take away one's life, liberty, or property. Also, a constitutional guarantee that a law shall not be unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


due process of law
I
A fundamental, constitutional guarantee that all legal proceedings will be fair and that one will be given notice of the proceedings and an opportunity to be heard before the government acts to take away one's life, liberty, or property. Also, a constitutional guarantee that a law shall not be unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious.
II The right of all persons to receive the guarantees and safeguards of the law and the judicial process. It includes such constitutional requirements as adequate notice, assistance of counsel, and the rights to remain silent, to a speedy and public trial, to an impartial jury, and to confront and secure witnesses.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

due process of law
n.
   a fundamental principle of fairness in all legal matters, both civil and criminal, especially in the courts. All legal procedures set by statute and court practice, including notice of rights, must be followed for each individual so that no prejudicial or unequal treatment will result. While somewhat indefinite, the term can be gauged by its aim to safeguard both private and public rights against unfairness. The universal guarantee of due process is in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides "No person shall:be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law," and is applied to all states by the 14th Amendment. From this basic principle flows many legal decisions determining both procedural and substantive rights.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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