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Sub Judice in United Kingdom

Definition of Sub Judice

A latin phrase meaning ‘under judgment’.

Sub judice Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament

The sub judice rule prevents Members of the Parliament or Lords from referring to a current or impending court case. Although the House is entitled under parliamentary privilege to discuss any subject, sub judice applies to avoid the House from debating a subject and possibly influencing the legal outcome of a case. Detailed information is set out in the Appendix of the Standing Orders of the House of Commons.

Sub judice in Legal Latin

Meaning of the latin term “Sub judice” from the University of Kent: ‘In the course of trial’ – The sub judice rule:

1 A rule limiting comment and disclosure relating to judicial proceedings, in order not to prejudge the issue

or influence the jury. See contempt of court.

2 A parliamentary practice in which the Speaker prevents any reference in questions or debates to matters

pending decision in court proceedings (civil or criminal). In the case of civil proceedings, he has power to

waive the rule if a matter of national interest is involved.


See Also

  • Legal Latin Maxims
  • Legal Latin Quotes
  • Legal Latin Dictionary


See Also

  • Parliamentary privilege

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