Certified Question

Definition - What does Certified Question mean?

A certified question is when one court formally asks another court for advice about an issue. Certified questions often take place when a federal court is having trouble understanding a state law, or vice versa.

Sometimes, laws can be difficult to understand and require an interpretation, which is why certified questions are used.

Justipedia explains Certified Question

Certified questions are an important means of communication between different courts. They help each court to operate with the highest level of judicial understanding, and they prevent courts from having to proceed when there is uncertainty about laws or other information. This helps to keep the courts and the legal system operating at a higher level of efficiency and integrity. As a result, people who are on trial get a better court system to work with.

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