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Mootness Doctrine

Learn about the general rules and exceptions governing when a dispute is no longer susceptible to federal court adjudication.


I.          Introduction

In another lesson, we address the justiciability doctrine of ripeness, which addresses whether a plaintiff’s claim is ready, or ripe, for federal court adjudication. On the other end of the litigation timeline is the mootness doctrine. Mootness addresses whether a claim is past its time for adjudication; kind of like deciding whether the milk is too spoiled to drink. 

II.        Mootness...