Demurrer Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Demurrer.

Demurrer (noun): A formal response to a complaint in a lawsuit, asserting that while the facts presented may be accurate, they do not provide a sufficient legal basis for the lawsuit. A demurrer is used in a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, and its validity is decided in a hearing before a judge. If found valid, some causes of action may be dismissed while others may need further amendment or clarification. In certain cases such as expired litigation period, a demurrer may be used to successfully end a lawsuit. In rare instances, it can also challenge the response to a complaint.