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Pro hac vice Latin
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: "for this occasion" or "for this event", (literally, "for this turn") is a legal term
usually referring to a lawyer
A lawyer, according to Black's Law Dictionary, is "a person learned in the law; as an attorney, counsel or solicitor; a person who is practicing law." Law is the system of rules of conduct established by the sovereign government of a society to correct wrongs, maintain the stability of political...
who has not been admitted to practice in a certain jurisdiction
Jurisdiction is the practical authority granted to a formally constituted legal body or to a political leader to deal with and make pronouncements on legal matters and, by implication, to administer justice within a defined area of responsibility...
but has been allowed to participate in a particular case in that jurisdiction.
The right to appear pro hac vice
is not guaranteed. Rather, the attorney wanting to practice in a jurisdiction within which he or she is not licensed must specifically request permission from the court to be able to appear as an attorney of record. This is accomplished with a motion
In law, a motion is a procedural device to bring a limited, contested issue before a court for decision. A motion may be thought of as a request to the judge to make a decision about the case. Motions may be made at any point in administrative, criminal or civil proceedings, although that right is...
to appear pro hac vice
, in which an attorney who is licensed in the jurisdiction requests that the non‐licensed attorney be admitted to practice in a particular case.
In addition to the motion, the non‐licensed attorney is typically required to provide the court with a statement from his local bar association
A bar association is a professional body of lawyers. Some bar associations are responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in their jurisdiction; others are professional organizations dedicated to serving their members; in many cases, they are both...
indicating that he is a member in good standing and also pay a small fee to the local bar association.
The expression is also used when a Cardinal Deacon is promoted to Cardinal Priest and retains his titular Church. His deaconry is said to be elevated pro hac vice to title.