Manifest Constitutional Error Law and Legal Definition

Manifest constitutional error refers to an error made by the trial court which has an identifiably negative impact on the trial to such a degree that the constitutional rights of a party are compromised. These types of errors can be reviewed by a court of appeals even if the appellant did not object at trial. To establish manifest constitutional error, the actual prejudice must be established. To demonstrate actual prejudice, there must be a plausible showing by the appellant that the asserted error had practical and identifiable consequences in the trial of the case.