mat·ter n
1: a subject of consideration, disagreement, or litigation: as
a: a legal case, dispute, or issue
a matter within the court's jurisdiction
— often used in titles of legal proceedings
matter of Doe see also in re
b: one or more facts, claims, or rights examined, disputed, asserted, proven, or determined by legal process
matter in controversy
1: matter (1) – called also matter in dispute;
2: the monetary amount involved in a case
matter in issue: a matter that is in dispute as part or all of a legal issue
matter of fact: a matter primarily involving proof or evidence rather than a question of law
matter of form: a matter concerning form or details often of a relatively inessential nature rather than substance
a petition invalid because of a matter of form
matter of law: a matter involving or consisting of the application of law
entitled to judgment as a matter of lawNational Law Journal
matter of record: a matter (as a fact) entered on the record of a court or other official body
the security interest was a matter of record
matter of substance: a matter concerning the merits of a case rather than form or relatively inessential details
2: written, printed, or postal material
obscene matter

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (case) noun action, causa, cause, cause in court, claim, court action, dispute, inquiry, lawsuit, legal action, legal proceedings, litigation, pleadings, proceedings, suit, suit at law, trial associated concepts: matter of record II (subject) noun business on hand, case, case in question, claim, concern, debatable point, dispute, field of inquiry, institutum, issue, item on the agenda, point, point at issue, point in question, problem, proposition, propositum, question, res, subject for inquiry, subject matter, topic, topic for discussion associated concepts: immaterial matter, matter in controversy, matter in dispute, matter in issue, matter in pais, matter of fact, matter of form, matter of law, matter of record, matter of substance, matters pending foreign phrases:
- Certa debet esse intentio, et narratio, et certum fundamentum, et certa res quae deducttur in judicium. — The intention, declaration, foundation, and matter brought to judgment ought to be certain
- Eventus varios res nova semper habet — A new matter always holds the possibility of a different result
- Culpa est immiscere se rei ad se non pertlnenti. — It is a fault for anyone to meddle in matters which do not concern him
III index article (commodity), business (affair), case (lawsuit), content (meaning), corpus, entity, gist (substance), happening, import, issue (matter in dispute), materiality (consequence), materiality (physical existence), object, particular, point (item), proceeding, significance, subject (topic)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A situation or state of affairs; the facts that comprise a cause of action or defense.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

n. An issue under consideration in a lawsuit.
@ matter in issue
The crux of a case, the matter in controversy.
@ matter of fact
An issue of the truth or falsity of a pertinent fact.
@ matter of law
An issue pertaining to the applicability or interpretation of a particular law.
@ matter of record
Any matter that has been made a part of the official court record.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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