Plea in Justification Law and Legal Definition

A plea in justification or excuse is a form of plea in confession and avoidance that admits the facts alleged by a plaintiff, but in effect denies that plaintiff has at any time a good cause of action either because the conduct of defendant is justified in law under some legal right or because he is excused from liability in the particular case through some act or conduct of plaintiff. This is also called an avoidance in law. [Nichols v. Cecil, 106 Tenn. 455 (Tenn. 1901)].