Dismissal Definition and Legal Meaning

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

What is Dismissal?

n. 1) Voluntarily concluding a lawsuit or criminal prosecution by one of the parties involved. 2) The judge’s declaration that a criminal charge or lawsuit is ended. 3) Appeal court’s dismissal of an appeal. This lets the lower court’s decision stand. 4) The plaintiff’s act of settling a case and dismissing a lawsuit. A dismissal with prejudice indicates that the lawsuit can never be filed again. A dismissal without prejudice leaves the option to file the lawsuit again if the defendant does not follow through on the settlement terms.