Abuse of Discretion

Crushendo defines this key bar prep and civil procedure term.

What does abuse of discretion mean?

abuse of discretion – The trial court has flexibility with how it decides many issues, like whether to admit evidence or how to act when a rule says the court “may” do something. Such discretionary decisions are held up to an “abuse of discretion standard” and are only reversed by the appellate court if the trial judge clearly stepped beyond the bounds of law or reasonableness.

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