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Damage to the rights of one party to an action that results from errors made by the court during trial and that is sufficiently substantial to require reversal. Where the appellate court is seriously doubtful that without committed errors the result in the case would have been the same, the errors may require a reversal on the grounds of a miscarriage of justice.
See plain error.
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016