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MATTER. Some substantial or essential thing, opposed to form; facts.
MATTER, IMPERTINENT, Equity pleading. That which is altogether irrelevant to the case, that does not appertain or belong to it; id est, qui ad rem non pertinet. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 4163. See Impertinent.
MATTER, SCANDALOUS, equity pleading. A false and malicious statement of
facts, not relevant to the cause. But nothing which is positively relevant,
however harsh or gross the charge may be, can be considered scandalous. 4
Bouv. Inst. n. 4163.
2. A bill cannot by the general practice, be referred for impertinence after the defendant has answered, or submitted to answer, but it may be referred for scandal at any time, and even upon the application of a stranger to the suit, for he has the right to prevent the records of the court from being made the vehicle of spreading slanders against himself. Id. n. 41f 64.