Plea In Abatement Definition and Legal Meaning

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

What is Plea In Abatement?

It is a pleading by the defendant, as a response to the plaintiff’s claim, where the defendant does not object to the claims but objects to its form or time or place thereby having an excuse for which a judge should consider before proclaiming a sentence as that may affect the decision. This is also known as dilatory plea where the judge considers the merits of each party. However, its not a defeat for the plaintiff because, once the judge finds the defendant guilty, the plaintiff can file the lawsuit again in proper form, time and place.