Overrule Definition and Legal Meaning

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

What is Overrule?

It refers to the decision of the judge to allow or disallow certain action in court. For instance if an attorney A has put forward certain question to the witness during the trial, to which the other attorney B objects, the judge passes the decision against the objection of Attorney B and is said to have overruled the objection and thus attorney A goes ahead with the questioning with the witness.Alternatively if Judge agrees to the objection of Attorney B, it is said to be Objection ” Sustained” thereby not allowing the Attorney A to continue its questioning. 2. It also refers to the nullifying or declaring void, the lower courts decision by the higher courts.