Adjournment sine die (Latin for”without day”) means “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing”. To adjourn an assembly sine die is to adjourn it for an indefinite period. A legislative body adjourns sine die when it adjourns without appointing a day on which to appear or assemble again.
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Definition of Adjournment sine die
Adjournment sine die means dismissing a sitting of Parliament for an unspecified period. In other words, when the House is suspended without naming a day for reassembly, it is known as adjournment sine die. The authority of adjournment sine die lies with the presiding officer of the House. The presiding officer of a House can call a sitting of the House before the date or time to which it has been suspended or at any time after the House has been adjourned sine die.
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Application of Adjournment sine die
A court can also adjourn a matter as Sine Die which means the matter has stayed until further notice. The various reasons that could be the cause for sine die are given below.
- Wrong Procedure is followed
- If the proceedings are not possible in the foreseeable future.
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Relevant Questions for Adjournment sine die
What does sine die represent for a legislative body?
From a legislative point of view, it means the end of a session “without day.” These adjournments are used to indicate the final adjournment of an annual or meeting of a legislative house,
What does failed sine die mean?
All bills that did not reach a status of Enacted, Vetoed, or Failed by the time the legislature adjourns are considered “Sine Die – Failed”. That is since the legislature has adjourned “without day”, there is no opportunity for a further activity to occur on that bill, and it is effectively “Failed”.
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