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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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And compared with TVT, the laparoscopic Burch procedure appears to take longer and may not be as effective, at least one study suggests.
The number of laparoscopic cases seen by fellows tended to be small: nine programs (53%) handled four or more laparoscopic Burch procedures per year; five programs (29%) performed four or more laparoscopic vaginal suspensions per year; and three programs (18%) did four or more laparoscopic hysterectomies.
Horbach added that she's seeing a steadily increasing number of patients referred for mesh erosion and suture or staple erosion into the bladder following a laparoscopic Burch procedure
The remaining injury was at tributed to a concomitant paravaginal repair, not the Burch procedure.
These data are the first to show comparable long-term results when the Burch procedure is performed in the identical manner laparoscopically as it is via laparotomy, according to Dr.
The largest increase was in sling procedures, with Burch procedures decreasing over the same timeframe.
Intrinsic sphincteric deficiency is the number-one reason for failed Burch procedures.
Intrinsic sphincteric deficiency is the number one reason for failed Burch procedures in these patients.
For 13 years of clinical practice, I performed Burch procedures as my surgical technique of choice for treating SUI, and sacrospinous ligament suspensions for vaginal vault prolapse.
The difference between sling and Burch procedures was particularly remarkable in regard to stress success (17 percentage points).
Walters compared reimbursement for tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) and Burch procedures (Feb.