Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Pro Forma Definition:

Latin: for the sake of form.

As a matter of form; in keeping with a form or practice.

As a matter of course.

Something done pro forma may not be essential but it facilitates future dealings.

For example, an invoice might be sent to a purchaser even before the goods are delivered as a matter of business practices.

A pro forma affidavit is literally a blank form deposed and then notarized by the deponent, with standard contents. Such an affidavit may be used to initiate a class action suit where the alleged facts are sparse and generic (as not yet fully investigated), subject to fuller affidavits at some later time.

Individuals sometimes in family contracts, hand over a gold coin as pro forma consideration.

It is the practise in deliberative assemblies to study a proposal on several formal occasions. The first tabling, sometimes called first reading, is usually a quick and formal reference to the proposal (eg. a bill) and may then be called a pro forma reading of the bill.

To stop a limitation period from expiring while productive and encouraging settlement negotiations are still ongoing, a plaintiff may file a pro forma claim in court seting out only the bare facts essential to the claim and to thus stop the claim from expiring from the mere efflux of time, subject to a fuller fleshing-out of the claim by amendment at some later time if negotiations fail and litigation is required.


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