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Legal remedy
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1. Definition

A legal remedy (Latin remedium iuris, remedium contra sententias; French voie de recours; German Rechtsmittel) enables a party in a trial before a court of law to dispute a judgment; if a legal remedy is utilized, a higher instance reviews and decides the case anew. In broader usage until around the year 1850, a legal remedy covered all means of protecting or enforcing one’s rights, including lawsuits, appeals, complaints, petitions, and acts of restoration to a previous state…

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Otto, Martin, “Legal remedy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026229>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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