harmless error

Trivial, formal, or merely academic error; a determination which although erroneous, is not prejudicial to the substantial rights of the party who assigns it and in no way affects the final outcome of the case. State v Britton, 27 Wash 2d, 336, 178 P2d 341.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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