Rest Law and Legal Definition

Rest is a term that has varied meanings. It can mean

1. Cessation of work exertion, or activity;

2. Mental or emotional tranquility;

3. Termination or absence of motion;

4. The part that is left over after something has been removed; remainder;

5. A device used as a support, for example back rest;

6. To base or ground. For example, I rested my conclusion on that fact;

7. To lie down, especially to sleep. For example, after the hectic day I rested for sometime.

8. In law, it means to cease voluntarily the presentation of evidence in a case. The phrase “rest my case” is used in court rooms by the lawyer for one side to indicate that he or she has finished presenting witnesses and other evidence.