Summary Dismissal

Definition - What does Summary Dismissal mean?

A summary dismissal is when a case is dismissed by a judge without a trial. These situations occur when both parties in the suit agree on the facts of the case. However, the case must also qualify for summary dismissal in order for it to occur.

Justipedia explains Summary Dismissal

Summary dismissals are usually used in civil cases. They are often used when the defendant knows that the plaintiff will be easily able to prove that they committed a civil wrong, and that defending themselves in court would be pointless. In such circumstances, summary dismissals simply speed up the process and save each party money on legal fees. For this reason, summary dismissals can be appealing to both parties if they agree on the case facts.

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