sua sponte

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Taken directly from the Latin

Phrase[edit]

sua sponte

  1. (law) Without prompting or suggestion; on its own initiative.

References[edit]

  • Black's Law Dictionary 10th Edition (2014)

Synonyms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually used when the court issues an order or otherwise acts without being petitioned to do so.