Actual Controversy Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Actual Controversy, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Actual Controversy?

n. it is an actual dispute between adverse parties which is capable of being resolved by the court. Article III of US Constitution requires US courts to hear cases which pose actual controversy. This means a court cannot issue advisory opinions, or hear unripe or moot or resolved cases.