Query Definition and Legal Meaning

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

What is Query?

(n) Query is defined as a question, doubts, clarifications sought on any issue related to the subject matter of consideration put for ward with an intention to get an answer or clarifications etc. from the concerned person.

History and Meaning of Query

The term "query" originates from the Latin word "quaere," which means "to seek, ask, or inquire." In legal terms, a query is any question, doubt or clarification required on a legal issue or matter put forward, with an intention to get an answer or clarifications from the concerned person, on any issue related to the subject matter of consideration.

In legal contexts, queries are often used to request specific information, clarification or seek legal remedies. In the age of technology, queries can also be used with information technology systems to retrieve specific data from databases.

Examples of Query

Here are a few examples of how the term query would be used in legal contexts:

  • A lawyer may send a written query seeking clarification on the meaning of a particular legal provision.
  • A law enforcement officer may use a search query to retrieve relevant files from a database, related to an ongoing investigation.
  • A judge may ask a query to a witness during a trial for clarification on a particular matter or event.

Legal Terms Similar to Query

  • Interrogatory: A set of formal written questions used in a legal proceeding that must be answered under oath or affirmation.
  • Discovery: The process by which parties to a legal proceeding can obtain relevant information or evidence from each other or a third party.
  • Subpoena: A writ or order that requires a person to appear before a court, tribunal or authority to give evidence on a particular matter or produce specific documents or things.