Against the Form of the Statute Law and Legal Definition

Against the form of the statute means contrary to statutory requirements. This is a formal phrase, which traditionally concludes an indictment. It indicates that the conduct alleged contravenes the cited statute and therefore constitutes a criminal offense. In modern contexts, the full conclusion often reads: “against the form of the statute in such case made and provided.” This is the translation of the Latin phrase- Contra Formam Statuti.