Adjournment sine die


Adjournment sine die

Adjournment "sine die" (from the Latin, "without day") occurs when an organized body's existence terminates.

It is often used with regard to legislative bodies whose terms or mandates are coming to an end, as in "The One Hundred Third General Assembly of the State of Georgia closed its second session today by adjourning "sine die"." This would mean that it is anticipated that this particular body will not meet again; the next session of the legislature would have a somewhat different membership, as some members would not be standing for election again, while others might not win their seats back. However, a legislative body may be called back into special session.

A corporate board might adjourn "sine die" if the corporation were being sold, merged, or liquidated.

A court may also adjourn a matter "sine die", which means the matter is stayed permanently. This may be due to various reasons, for example if the case is started with a wrong procedure chosen the judge may adjourn the matter "sine die" so that the party may choose to start the action again with the correct procedure.

Another sense of the term, often used by lawyers, does not connote permanent adjournment. When a deposition, for example, is adjourned "sine die", it means that no date has yet been set for its resumption, not that it will never be resumed. In fact, it implies that a new date "will" be set.

The common pronunciation of "sine die" in the United States Congress is "SEE-nei DEE-ei".Fact|date=December 2007

Adjournment "sine die" is an adjournment until the next session of Congress, there being two sessions to each numbered Congress (e.g. 110th Congress—encompassing the years 2007 and 2008). This is as opposed to an adjournment to a date certain, which occurs periodically during the year. Sine Die adjournments in the U.S. Congress typically do not have a date certain, but rather to be determined by the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader of the Senate at a later time.


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  • adjournment sine die — >> sine die. Webster s New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000 …   Law dictionary

  • adjournment sine die — /ajarnmant sayniy day(iy)/°siyney diyey/ An adjournment without setting a time for another meeting or session. See sine die …   Black's law dictionary

  • adjournment sine die — /ajarnmant sayniy day(iy)/°siyney diyey/ An adjournment without setting a time for another meeting or session. See sine die …   Black's law dictionary

  • adjournment sine die — An adjournment without setting a time for another meeting or session. An adjournment which closes a term of court. 20 Am J2d Cts § 47. An adjournment which closes a session of a legislative body or a convention …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • sine die — ► ADVERB ▪ (with reference to an adjournment) with no appointed date for resumption. ORIGIN Latin, without a day …   English terms dictionary

  • sine die — /sayniy day(iy)/ Without day; without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing. Hence, a legislative body adjourns sine die when it adjourns without appointing a day on which to appear or assemble again. State ex rel. Jones v. Atterbury,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • sine die — [ˌsi:neɪ di:eɪ, ˌsʌɪnɪ dʌɪi:] adverb (with reference to an adjournment) with no appointed date for resumption. Origin L., lit. without a day …   English new terms dictionary

  • sine die — Latin: without a day Denoting an adjournment of an action, arbitration, etc. , indefinitely …   Big dictionary of business and management

  • eat inde sine die — /iyat indiy sayniy day(iy)/ Words used on the acquittal of a defendant, or when a prisoner is to be discharged, that he may go thence without a day, i.e., be dismissed without any further continuance or adjournment …   Black's law dictionary

  • eat inde sine die — /iyat indiy sayniy day(iy)/ Words used on the acquittal of a defendant, or when a prisoner is to be discharged, that he may go thence without a day, i.e., be dismissed without any further continuance or adjournment …   Black's law dictionary