Definition - What does Justiciability mean?

Justiciability is the degree to which a particular case is able to be heard by a court. Courts can only hear cases that fall within their legal limits. So, a case must be "justiciable" in order for the court to set up the trial, and to have each side make its arguments.

Justipedia explains Justiciability

There are a number of factors that determine whether or not a case is justiciable and able to be heard by a particular court:

  1. The case must fall within the court's jurisdiction.
  2. The statute of limitations must not have expired.
  3. The plaintiff must have legitimate standing, etc.

If the conditions of justiciability are not met, then the court will not be able to hear the case. However, it may be possible in some cases for another court to hear the case.

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