Hot Line Law and Legal Definition

Hot line refers to a direct telephone line, especially for use in a crisis between heads of government. For instance, Washington-Moscow Direct Communications Link, which was the direct telephone line of communication between the president of the U.S. and the leader of Russia, following the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Hot line also refers to a telephone line that gives quick and direct access to a source of information or help. It is available twenty four hours a day to report emergencies or seek counseling. Hot lines include 911 Police Emergency and Suicide and Crisis Centers.