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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 reading-aloud or maze procedures might prove to be more appropriate for this purpose.
Repetitive atrial flutter as a complication of the left-sided simple maze procedure.
Keywords in this release: medical devices, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, minimally invasive surgery, coronary stenting, bypass surgery, coronary artery disease, bioabsorbable stents, catheter-based cardiac ablation, maze procedure, atrial arrhythmias, ventricular arrhythmias
James Cox's Maze procedure demonstrated the feasibility of treating AF surgically by interrupting the atrial pathways for multiple re-entry circuits.
We will continue our work with this technology in a new patient group with an expanded lesion set most closely replicating the lesions in the traditional surgical maze procedure.
This new tool to create long, linear lesions that substantially replicate those of the highly successful surgical Maze procedure is a ground-breaking addition to the treatment of AF.
Lewalter will address pulmonary vein (PV) ablation without stenosis; and Dr Calkins will discuss linear ablation as a less-invasive alternative to the MAZE procedure.
Cardiac surgeons, who have led the development of curative AF therapy, now have a new, effective tool to create long, linear lesions that replicate those of the highly successful surgical Maze procedure," stated Gabriel Vegh, chief executive officer of Cardima.
With approval of these catheters, Canadian electrophysiologists will have the minimally invasive tools to create straight, curved and circumferential linear endocardial lesions to treat AF by replicating the surgical Maze procedure," stated Gabriel Vegh, chief executive officer of Cardima.