Sua Sponte Definition and Legal Meaning

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

What is Sua Sponte?

(n) When a judge makes a decision on his own observation, without a request made by any party involved in the proceedings, such orders or decisions are known as Sua Sponte. The phrase was derived from Latin word which mean” of one’s own will”, that is a decision not forced. For example a case in a single bench court is referred to a full bench court by the judge sue-motto