Uniform Certification of Questions of Law Act Law and Legal Definition

Uniform Certification of Questions of Law Act is one of the uniform acts prepared and sponsored by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The Uniform Act provides a relatively simple and efficient means by which federal courts and state appellate courts can efficiently obtain answers to questions of law from the highest court of the controlling State. Where adopted, it would allow a federal court or state appellate court, having determined that the law of another State controls a controversy, to avoid guessing what that law is when there is no definitive answer in the law of the controlling State. Instead, the court would simply certify the question of law to the highest court of the controlling State. The Conference has promulgated the Uniform Act/Rule for certified questions in a form which can be enacted by a legislature or adopted by a court as a rule. In some jurisdictions, action by the highest court will suffice with no legislative action required. The Act is adopted by many U.S states.