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Sua Sponte

[Latin, Of his or her or its own will; voluntarily.]

For example, when a court takes action on its own motion, rather than at the request of one of the parties, it is acting sua sponte.

sua sponte

(sooh-uh-spahn-tay) adj. Latin for "of one's own will," meaning on one's own volition, usually referring to a judge's order made without a request by any party to the case. These include an order transferring a case to another judge due to a conflict of interest or the judge's determination that his/her court does not have jurisdiction over the case.

sua sponte

noun elective, on one's own accord, on the court's own initiative, on the court's own voliiion, on the court's own will, optional and freely initiated, self-willed, uncompelled, volitional, willful
See also: free

sua sponte

‘of its own accord’, where the court does something without a motion from any of the parties. See EX PROPRIA MOTU.
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