merits of case

merits of case
The essential issues. The substantive rights presented by an action. The strict legal rights of the parties to an action, as contradistinguished from those mere questions of practice which every court regulates for itself, and from all matters which depend upon the discretion or favor of the court. Chouteau v Parker, 2 Minn 118, 121. See affidavit of merits; judgment on the merits; meritorious defense; pleading to the merits.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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