remittitur


remittitur
re·mit·ti·tur /ri-'mi-tə-tər/ n [Latin, it is sent back, remitted, third person singular present indicative passive of remittere to send back, remit]
1 a: a procedure under which a court may order the reduction of an excessive verdict; esp: a procedure in which the court requires the plaintiff to remit the portion of the verdict deemed excessive in lieu of a grant of a defendant's motion for a new trial or of a reversal if the court is an appellate court
b: a remission to a defendant by a plaintiff of the portion of a verdict considered excessive by the court
c: the formal agreement or stipulation of a plaintiff waiving or releasing the right to receive the portion of a verdict considered excessive compare additur
2: a sending back of a case and its record from an appellate or superior court to a trial or inferior court for further proceedings (as additional findings of fact) or for entry of a judgment in accordance with instructions or the decision of the higher court

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

remittitur
n.
The reduction of a jury’s excessive verdict or award of damages.

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


remittitur
Latin for "it is sent back."
1) A judge's order reducing a judgment awarded by a jury.
2) An appellate court's transmittal of a case back to the trial court so that the case can be retried, or an order can be entered consistent with the appeallate court's decision (such as dismissing the plaintiff's case or awarding costs to the winning party on appeal).
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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


remittitur
n. Latin It is sent back. A court's order that reduces what it deems to be excessive damages awarded by a jury; the process by which the court proposes to reduce or actually reduces damages without the jury's consent.
See also additur.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


remittitur
The procedural process by which an excessive verdict of the jury is reduced. If money damages awarded by a jury are grossly excessive as a matter of law, the judge may order the plaintiff to remit a portion of the award.

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


remittitur
I
The procedural process by which an excessive verdict of the jury is reduced. If money damages awarded by a jury are grossly excessive as a matter of law, the judge may order the plaintiff to remit a portion of the award.
II The reduction by a judge of the damages awarded by a jury.

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

remittitur
n.
   1) a judge's order reducing a judgment awarded by a jury when the award exceeds the amount asked for by the plaintiff (person who brought the suit).
   2) an appeal's transmittal of a case back to the trial court so that the case can be retried, or an order entered consistent with the appeals court's decision (such as dismissing the plaintiff's case or awarding costs to the winning party on appeal).
   See also: remand

Law dictionary. . 2013.