What is INSTANCE?

In pleading and practice. Solicitation, properly of an earnest or urgent kind. An act is often said to be done at a party’s “special instance and request.” In the civil and French law. A general term, designating all sorts of actions and judicial demands. Dig. 44, 7, 58. In ecclesiastical law. Causes of in stance are those proceeded in at the solicitation of some party, as opposed to causes of office, which run in the name of the judge. Hallifax, Civil Law, p. 156. In Scotch law. That which may be insisted on at one diet or course of probation. Wharton.

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