Pro Hac Vice Law and Legal Definition

Pro hac vice is a Latin term meaning "this time only". The term is used to refer to the request of an out-of-state lawyer licensed in their own state to appear in court for a particular trial, even though he/she is not licensed to practice in the state where the trial is being held. The application is usually granted, but the court may require association with a local attorney.

States may set their own standards for the admission of out-of-state lawyers pro hac vice. Once a lawyer has been granted permission to appear pro hac vice, the revocation of that status must comply with minimal due process requirements under federal constitutional law. Jurisdiction constitutional and statutory law, as well as applicable court rules, should also be examined to determine if they explicitly or have been interpreted to provide additional rights in such circumstances.