special term
In court practice in some jurisdictions, a branch of the court system held by a single judge for hearing and deciding motions and equitable actions in the first instance.

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


special term
In court practice in some jurisdictions, a branch of the court system held by a single judge for hearing and deciding motions and equitable actions in the first instance.

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

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