Peremptory Pleas Law and Legal Definition

Peremptory pleas are also known as pleas in bar. Peremptory pleas are made by defendants to curtail plaintiff’s action. These pleas set out special reasons according to which a trial cannot go ahead. Defenses of autrefois convict, autrefois acquit, and plea of pardon comes under peremptory pleas.

Peremptory pleas claim that a case cannot proceed for some reason. Peremptory pleas are so called, because they claim that the matter of innocence or guilt should not be considered in a case. Such pleas do not allow an answer to the question of guilt or innocence in a case.