Stated Case Law and Legal Definition

Stated Case is a formal written statement of the facts in a case, which is submitted to the court by the parties jointly so that a decision may be rendered without trial. The facts being thus ascertained, it is left for the court to decide the Question of Law presented. A case stated is also called an amicable action, a case agreed on, or a friendly suit.

Historically this refers to a procedure used by the Court of Chancery to refer difficult legal questions to a common-law court. This procedure was abolished in 1852.

In English law it means an appeal from a Magistrates' Court to the Divisional Court of Queen's Bench on a point of criminal law. After ruling, the magistrate states the facts for the appeal and the Queen's Bench rules on the question of law presented by the magistrate's ruling.