Cause Law and Legal Definition

The term “cause” has different meanings. Cause means a condition or event which produces a result or an effect. An act that contributes to the condition or result in question is said to be the cause of it. Cause is what resulted in the happening of a certain event and not what would have happened. For example, the police officer enquired about the cause of the crash.

Cause also means a ground for legal action. For example, the plaintiff does not have good cause to file suit.

Cause also refers to a lawsuit or a case. For example, the court has got 60 causes on the motion docket.