General Issue Law and Legal Definition

General Issue is a pleading by which an indictment or declaration is denied at once without raising any special ground for raising such a plea. The plea is so called, because by an abrupt denial of the charge or allegations, that plea becomes an issue at once. In civil cases, the general issues vary according to the subject matter of the actions. Whereas, the general issue in a criminal case, is, not guilty. A matter showing a deed or contract as void may be given under the general issue.