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Nonsuit

A broad term for any of several ways to terminate a legal action without an actual determination of the controversy on the merits.

For instance, a judgment of nonsuit may be granted against a plaintiff who either fails to pursue, or abandons, the action.

nonsuit

n. a ruling by the judge in a lawsuit either when the plaintiff (the party who filed the suit) does not proceed to trial at the appointed time or has presented all his/her/its evidence and, in the judge's opinion, there is no evidence which could prove the plaintiff's case. A nonsuit terminates the trial at that point, and results in a dismissal of the plaintiff's case and judgment for the defendant. (See: dismissal)

nonsuit

noun defeat, directed verdict, failure to essablish a cause of action, failure to make a case, failure to meet the burden of proof, failure to present sufficient eviience, hostile verdict, insufficiency as a matter of law, innufficient evidence, judgment for the defendant as a matter of law, termination of a case by inaction, termination of a judicial contest, termination of a lawsuit, termination of a lawsuit by failing to proceed, termination of a legal action, termination of a legal proceeding, termination of a prooeeding, termination of a suit in law, termination of an accion, termination of an action at law by failure to proceed, termination of an action by neglect, termination of litigation
Associated concepts: compulsory nonsuit, demurrer, dismissal, involuntary nonsuit, motion for nonsuit, peremptory nonsuit, voluntary nonsuit
See also: dismissal

nonsuit

an order of a judge dismissing a suit when the plaintiff fails to show he has a good cause of action or fails to produce any evidence.
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Cochran 1819) (providing that "no person shall sue out original process for the trial of any matter or thing in the general court of less value than ten pounds, or two thousand pounds of tobacco, except it be against the justices of a county, or other inferiour court, or the vestry of a parish, on penalty of being nonsuited, and having his suit dismissed with costs"); An Act for Establishing a High Court of Chancery, ch.
plaintiff should be nonsuited or have leave to put evidence before a
As the defendant was not driving the cow at the time, the plaintiffs were nonsuited.
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