ripeness doctrine


ripeness doctrine
ripeness doctrine n: a doctrine prohibiting federal courts from exercising jurisdiction over a case until an actual controversy is presented involving a threat of injury that is real and immediate

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

ripeness doctrine
n.
The principle that federal courts will only hear cases involving actual controversies, not cases that are hypothetical, speculative, or otherwise not in need of immediate decision.

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


ripeness doctrine
n. The requirement that a case be ripe for judgment before a court will decide the controversy.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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