Unclean Hands Definition and Legal Meaning

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

What is Unclean Hands?

(n) Doctrine of Unclean Hands is a defense used by a defendant against a law suit when the complainant him self has done a wrong thing in the subject matter in which the plaintiff is seeking courts assistance. For example Mr. Smiths advance money to Mr.Kelly to beat his neighbor, and Kelly failed to do the work. Here Mr.Smith is having an Unclean Hand.