Standing to Sue Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Standing to sue doctrine refers to a legal principle where a party is entitled to have a court decide his/her merits of the case. Under this doctrine, a party is entitled to obtain judicial resolution. In the U.S., there are many requirements that a party must establish to have standing before a federal court. The following are some of the requirements recognized under the doctrine:

1.Injury;

2.Causation;

3.Redressability.

The standing to sue doctrine is a jurisdictional issue which concerns power of federal courts to hear and decide cases. The doctrine is not concerned with ultimate merits of a case.[Washington Utilities & Transp. Com. v. FCC, 513 F.2d 1142 (9th Cir. 1975)].