Special Plea in Error Law and Legal Definition

This is a plea of common law alleging some extraneous matter as a ground for defeating a writ of error like expiry of the time within which error can be brought. The plaintiff in error must reply or demur to this plea. A writ of error is issued by an appellate court directing a lower court judge to deliver the record in the case for review and examination. The purpose of this writ is to obtain a reversal of the judgment.