Certificate of Pending Litigation Law and Legal Definition

This is a registration or/of a notice or warning that litigation is ongoing as to ownership of a particular piece of land or other real property. It is also known as a certificate of lis pendens. Lawyers often simply refer to certificates of pending litigation as “CPLs” or lis pendens. Tthe latter short for a formal registered Notice of Lis Pendens or, for those jurisdictions that shun Latin terms, a certificate of pending litigation. This is a document that is typically registered against the title of a specific and identified interest in real property warning all interested parties of a legal claim involving that real property and the potential jeopardy or change to the actual ownership on title.