Formal Proceeding Law and Legal Definition

Formal proceedings mean action. A formal proceeding is conducted before a judge with notice to interested persons. Informal proceedings are conducted without notice to interested persons by an officer of the Court acting as a registrar for probate of a will or appointment of a personal representative. Under probate law proceedings are the legal process wherein the estate of a decedent is administered.

Following is an example of a federal statute defining the term 'formal proceedings':

According to 45 CFR 60.3[title 45 -Public Welfare Subtitle a-Department of Health and Human Services Subchapter a-General Administration -Part 60 -National Practitioner-Data Bank for Adverse Information on Physicians and Other Health Care Practitioners-Subpart a- General Provisions], formal proceeding means "a proceeding held before a State licensing or certification authority, peer review organization, or private accreditation entity that maintains defined rules, policies, or procedures for such a proceeding."