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

    (Spanish) The filing and prosecutioin of an action to judgment.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In Spanish law. The institution and prosecution of a snit from its commencement untll definitive judgment. The first instance, "primera instanda," is the prosecution of the suit before the judge competent to take cognizance of it at its in-coption; the second instance, "secunda instanda," is the exercise of the same action before the conrt of appellate jurisdiction; and the third instance, "tercera instanda," is the prosecution of the same suit, either by an application of revision before the appellate tribunal that has already decided the cause or before some higher tribunal, having jurisdiction of the same. Escriche.