Error Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Error.

Error (noun):

In legal terminology, an 'error' refers to a mistake made during judicial proceedings. This could include an incorrect procedure or application of law by a judge during a trial, in their rulings on objections or motions, or in providing jury instructions. It could also denote a judgement that is not supported by the evidence presented or the applicable law. Mistakes that infringe on fundamental rights, like due process, are also considered legal errors. If an appellate court determines such errors have affected the outcome of a case, it has the power to reverse the decision in whole or in part and give instructions for further proceedings. There are also errors deemed 'harmless errors', which don't significantly affect a party's rights and therefore, don't alter the judgement.