excusable neglect
excusable neglect n: the failure of a party to follow a required procedure in a timely fashion that results from a circumstance (as an accident) which is considered by the court to be sufficient reason to excuse that party compare unavoidable casualty
◇ Excusable neglect allows a party to seek relief from a default judgment, to file late, or to be granted a deadline extension.

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

excusable neglect
n.
Failure to perform the right action at the right time due to unexpected and unavoidable circumstances rather than through carelessness or disregard.

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


excusable neglect
A legitimate excuse for the failure of a party or his or her lawyer to take required action on time (like filing an answer to a complaint). This is usually claimed to set aside a default judgment for failure to answer or otherwise respond within the required time period. Illness, press of business by the lawyer (but not necessarily the defendant), or an understandable oversight by the lawyer's staff ("just blame the secretary") are common excuses which the courts will often accept.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


excusable neglect
n. An act of neglect that occurs not as a result of a party's fault but due to circumstances beyond his or her control.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

excusable neglect
n.
   a legitimate excuse for the failure of a party or his/her lawyer to take required action (like filing an answer to a complaint) on time. This is usually claimed to set aside a default judgment for failure to answer (or otherwise respond) in the period set by law. Illness, press of business by the lawyer (but not necessarily the defendant), or an understandable oversight by the lawyer's staff ("just blame the secretary") are common excuses which the courts will often accept. However, if the defendant loses the complaint or fails to call his/her attorney the courts will be less lenient. In any event, the defendant must also show he/she had some worthwhile defense.
   See also: default, default judgment

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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