Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In French law. The formality to which intending litigante are subjected in cases brought before the juge de paix. The judge convenes the parties and endeavors to reconcile thein. Should he not succeed, the case proceeds. In criminal and commercial cases, the preliminary of conciliation does not take place, Arg. Fr. Merc. Law, 552.