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1. the succession of events in the process of judicial action; 2. the form in which actions are to be brought and defended, the manner of intervening in suits, of conducting them; the mode of deciding them, of opposing and of executing judgments. COLLATERAL PROCEEDING: any proceeding not instituted for the express purpose of annulling, correcting, or modifying a judgment. Instead, a collateral proceeding will attempt to change or affect the result of the judgment while alloweing the judgment to remain intact.
see collateral estoppel

INFORMAL PROCEEDING: see informal proceeding
SUMMARY PROCEEDING: see summary proceeding
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016

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