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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.

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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.

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Demonstrating the Ross Procedure is only one recent example among hundreds of healthcare applications using VTEL's interactive multimedia videoconferencing equipment.
Ross procedure with aortic bioprosthesis in pulmonary position (Medtronic, Freestyle aortic root bioprosthesis, no:23) had been applied in a 14-year-old male patient suffering from severe aortic insufficiency secondary to acute rheumatic fever.
For some patients, the application of Ross procedure is unfeasible and causes complications.
(9) reported a successful valve-sparing aortic root reimplantation after Ross procedure. Although early results of this method appear to be successful, it is still a question in long-term period.
In conclusion, Ross procedure is a preferable option for the children and adolescents with aortic pathologies.
Rapid enlargement of neoaortic root after the Ross procedure in children.
Anatomical mismatch of the pulmonary autograft in the aortic root may be the cause of early aortic insufficiency after the ross procedure. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2002; 21: 1049-54.