General Appearance Law and Legal Definition

General Appearance refers to an attorney's representation of a client in court for all purposes connected with a pending lawsuit or prosecution. It is the act by which a defendant completely consents to the jurisdiction of the court by appearing before it either in person or through an authorized representative thereby waiving any jurisdictional defects that might be raised except for that of the competency of the court. General appearance is different from special appearance, which is only for a particular purpose or court session and does not make the attorney responsible for future conduct of the case.