In Limine Law & Legal Definition


In limine is a Latin term meaning Latin "at the threshold," referring to a motion made before a trial begins. A motion in limine is usually made to exclude reference to anticipated evidence which is objectionable, so that a determination of the admissibility of the evidence can be made outside the presence of the jury. Such motions seek to avoid having the jury tainted by irrelevant, inadmissible, or prejudicial evidence. For example, a motion in limine may be a motion to suppress illegally obtained evidence.