Defect Law and Legal Definition

Defect is want of something required by law. It can be an error or flaw or a shortcoming in a legal process or in a legal document. Defect can make a document invalid. Defect in pleading can lead to its dismissal. Defect can be patent or fatal. Patent defect or apparent defect is a flaw that shall be noticed by a reasonable observation. Fatal defect is a serious error that invalidates the document.