What does "legal stay" mean?


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In law terminology, a stay, which is often called a stay of proceedings, is a ruling by a court to stop or suspend a proceeding or trial. A stay of proceedings can be either temporary or indefinite, depending on the specific situation and case.

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If the stay of proceedings ruling is not an indefinite ruling, the proceedings or trial can be resumed once the conditions imposed by the court are met. A temporary stay of proceedings does not require an end date, although one can be determined with judicial discretion. Although a stay of proceedings is not the same thing as the dismissal of a case, if the conditions imposed by the court are never met, the two rulings have virtually the same outcome for a defendant.

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