"de novo" (Latin)

by Craig Shrives

What does the Latin term de novo mean?

"De novo" is a Latin term that means "anew" or "from the beginning." It is used in legal contexts to indicate a fresh consideration or review of a case, as if it is being heard for the first time without any regard to previous decisions or judgments.

Examples in Sentences

Here are three example sentences using the term "de novo":
  • The appellate court decided to hear the appeal de novo, allowing for a complete reevaluation of the case.
  • The trial was declared a mistrial, and the case was set to be retried de novo with a new jury.
  • The administrative agency reopened the investigation de novo to thoroughly examine the evidence and consider all relevant factors.
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