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The methods by which legal rights are enforced; the specific machinery for carrying on a lawsuit, including process, the pleadings, rules of evidence, and rules of Civil Procedure or Criminal Procedure.

The form, manner, and order of steps taken in conducting a lawsuit are all regulated by procedural law, which regulates how the law will be administered. Substantive Law creates and defines rights that exist under the law.


Civil Procedure.


n. the methods and mechanics of the legal process. These include filing complaints, answers and demurrers, serving documents on the opposition, setting hearings, depositions, motions, petitions, interrogatories, preparing orders, giving notice to the other parties, conduct of trials, and all the rules and laws governing that process. Every state has a set of procedural statutes (often called the Codes of Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure), courts have so-called "local rules," which govern times for filing documents, conduct of the courts and other technicalities. Law practice before the federal courts operates under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure). Procedural law is distinguished from "substantive" law, which involves the statutes and legal precedents upon which cases are tried and judgments made.


noun act, action, adjective law, behavior, common practice, conduct, course, course of action, established method, habit, line of action, manner of proceeding, manner of working, matter of course, measure, method, methodology, mode, mode of operation, mode of use, modus operandi, motion, order, particular course of action, plan, plan of action, policy, practice, proceeding, process, program, proscribed form, routine, rule, scheme, set form, set format, step, strategy, system, tactics, usage, way, way of operation
Associated concepts: civil procedure, criminal procedure, judicial procedure, pretrial procedure, rule of procedure
Foreign phrases: Cursus curiae est lex curiae.The practice of the court is the law of the court.
See also: agenda, arrangement, avenue, behavior, campaign, conduct, constant, course, custom, direction, expedient, form, guide, maneuver, manner, matter of course, method, mode, modus operandi, operation, policy, polity, practice, proceeding, process, rule, scheme, step, strategy, system
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Disadvantages of the open Burch procedure are the abdominal incision, and--according to at least one study--lower efficacy in patients with intrinsic sphincter deficiency, he said.
Compared with laparoscopic Burch procedures, for example, "TVTs are easier; they're faster; they seem to work as well, if you believe the data; and you make more money from them," he said at the annual meeting of the American Urogynecologic Society.
The major complication of the Burch procedure is subsequent prolapse; however, this risk can be greatly reduced by careful intraoperative evaluation for potential future defects; which can be prevented by culdoplasty at the time of the Burch procedure, Dr.
The tension-free vaginal tape and laparoscopic Burch procedures to correct urinary incontinence have comparable 1-year success and complication rates, according to results of a small retrospective study.
The remaining injury was at tributed to a concomitant paravaginal repair, not the Burch procedure.
93, while the traditional open Burch procedure for retropubic suspension cost $5,279.
And since many of these patients will require a Burch procedure or some other invasive treatment for incontinence, Dr.
LAS VEGAS -- The Burch procedure can be performed laparoscopically and achieve results identical to those achieved by the open method.
Concern that the Burch procedure might increase the risk of urge incontinence or other urinary symptoms, or that it might create an unnecessary surgical risk in those patients who would not have developed postsacrocolpopexy stress incontinence, appears unfounded.