substantial error

An error which upon the trial works harm and from which a party sustains substantial injury. People v Perlman, 128 Misc 68, 71, 217 NYS 662, 665. An error of the trial court which operates in the impairment of a substantial right of the accused. 5 Am J2d A & E § 778.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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