sua sponte

  • Latin, meaning "of its own will." Often refers to a court taking an action in a case without being asked to do so by either side.

    United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 1

1United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Commonly Used Terms - U.S. Courts, http://­www.ca9.uscourts.gov/­content/­view.php?pk_id=0000000237 (last accessed May 28, 2009).