ap·pear·ance n
1: the presentation of oneself in court as a party to or as an attorney for a party to a lawsuit; also: a document filed in court by an attorney declaring his or her representation of a party to a lawsuit see also general appearance, special appearance
2: outward look
a lawyer should avoid the appearance of impropriety

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

I (coming into court) noun answer, entrance in a case, presence in court, response to an action, submission to a court's jurisdiction associated concepts: compulsory appearance, general appearance, limited appearance, special appearance, specific appearance, voluntary appearance II (emergence) noun adventus, arrival into view, coming, evincement, introduction, manifestation, occurrence, rise III (look) noun air, aspect, aspectus, complexion, demeanor, embodiment, external aspect, face, form, guise, likeness, manner, mien, outward look, outward show, personal presence, physiognomy, posture, pretense, rem simulare, show, sight, species associated concepts: appearance of authority, appearance of validity IV index aspect, color (deceptive appearance), complexion, condition (state), configuration (form), demeanor, deportment, expression (manifestation), face value (first blush), first appearance, manifestation, manner (behavior), phantom, phenomenon (manifestation), presence (poise), pretense (pretext), semblance, specter, state (condition), style, vision (dream)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

When a lawyer comes to court and responds when a client's case has been called, that lawyer has appeared on behalf of the client. When an attorney makes a "general appearance," the lawyer will represent the client in all aspects of the case. An attorney may instead make a "special appearance" when the lawyer is appearing only for the purpose of what is before the court that day, as long as the judge is told of the limited nature of the appearance.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 The coming into a court to participate in a court proceeding by a party who has been validly served process or by a party who is voluntarily submitting itself to the court's jurisdiction.
2 The coming into a court to participate in a court proceeding by a witness or an interested person or by a lawyer acting on behalf of a party or interested person.
@ compulsory appearance
An appearance by one who is required to do so because he has been validly served with process.
=>> appearance.
@ entry of appearance
The formal act of an attorney notifying a court of his representation of a party to the proceedings, either by written document, or orally in open court.
=>> appearance.
@ general appearance
An appearance wherein a party consents to the court's jurisdiction and waives the ability to later contest the court's authority to reach a binding decision against her in the case.
=>> appearance.
@ initial appearance
A criminal defendant's first appearance in court. Usually, this is when the charges are read to the defendant or the defendant is given a copy of the charges, the defendant is advised of his rights and enters a plea, and the amount of bail (if bail is not denied) is determined.
=>> appearance.
@ special appearance
An appearance made for the sole reason of contesting the court's jurisdiction over the defendant.
=>> appearance.
@ voluntary appearance
An appearance by one who has not yet been served with process in the case.
=>> appearance.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A coming into court by a party to a suit, either in person or through an attorney, whether as plaintiff or defendant. The formal proceeding by which a defendant submits to the jurisdiction of the court. The voluntary submission to a court's jurisdiction.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A coming into court by a party to a suit, either in person or through an attorney, whether as plaintiff or defendant. The formal proceeding by which a defendant submits to the jurisdiction of the court. The voluntary submission to a court's jurisdiction.
II The act of coming into court as a party to a suit either in person or through an attorney.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   the act of a party or an attorney showing up in court. Once it is established that an attorney represents the person (by filing a notice of appearance or representation or actually appearing), the lawyer may make an appearance for the client on some matters without the client being present. An attorney makes a "special appearance" when he/she is appearing only for the purpose of what is before the court that day-such as arraignment of one charged with a crime. If an attorney makes a "general appearance" he or she is telling the court that the client is definitely his or hers and the court can proceed. In the future that attorney will be required to represent the client. Some appearances are voluntary, but most are compulsory and are by notice to the party or, if represented, to his/her attorney. There are variations on appearance rules in states, federal courts, local court procedures, and according to the desires of particular judges.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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