Dismissal Without Prejudice

Definition - What does Dismissal Without Prejudice mean?

A dismissal without prejudice refers to a case that is dismissed by the court where the plaintiff is free to bring the suit again at some point on the same exact grounds. The only contingency to this is that the case must be brought within the statute of limitations period.

Justipedia explains Dismissal Without Prejudice

A dismissal without prejudice is usually given because of some type of procedural error. When a dismissal without prejudice is granted by the court, it is essentially as though the lawsuit was never brought in the first place. This means that the person who is suing is free to bring the same case again. Also, judges are not the only people who can dismiss a case without prejudice. The plaintiff can also decide to not pursue the case at that time. In effect, this causes a dismissal without the involvement of the judge.

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