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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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The problem, Dr Talton explains, was the time it took, as well as excessive bleeding and potential complications "We now do the maze procedure with an innovative, pen-like device that allows us to 'draw' over the targeted tissue using radiofrequency energy to ablate.
A maze procedure was used once every other week during the study to investigate the readers' comprehension of the connected texts they were reading.
Students completed the comprehension task following the administration of the maze procedure.
The minimally invasive standalone maze procedure includes left atrial appendage (LAA) exclusion, PVI, and ablation of the ganglionic plexuses (GPs) and the ligament of Marshall, all combined into one surgery (38).
Impact of Cox maze procedure on outcome in patients with atrial fibrillation and mitral valve disease.
The modified maze procedure took a mean of 18 minutes in the cryoablation group and 14 minutes in the radiofrequency group, said Dr.
When the incisions heal, scar tissue forms and prevents the abnormal electrical impulses from passing through the heart Essentially, the maze procedure creates barriers that the electrical impulses cannot cross.
1974) investigation of the maze procedure was limited to 2nd-grade students and used a single standardized achievement test as the validity criterion.
Surgical Ablation System Capable of Closed-Chest and Open-Chest Ablation of Left and Right Atria to Mimic the MAZE Procedure
The new robotic maze procedure is an alternative to open-heart surgery.
Five-year experience with the maze procedure for atria] fibrillation.