Official Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Official.

Official (noun/adjective)

  1. Noun: An individual who holds a position of authority within an organization, government, or institution, and is responsible for making and enforcing rules, making decisions, or carrying out tasks that ordinary people cannot do.

    Example: The court official read out the final verdict.

  2. Adjective: Something that is formally recognized or authorized by a person or body with authority.

    Example: The president released an official statement on the issue.

This term is often used in a legal context to refer to someone who has been given authority, through the proper legal procedures, to carry out specific actions, duties or roles.