What is Moot?

Mootness is a legal term that describes the state of being irrelevant or impossible to resolve in a court of law. A moot point is an abstract or hypothetical matter that has no practical significance or consequence.

In legal proceedings, a case is considered moot when the matter at issue has already been resolved, or when a court cannot make a decision that would effectively resolve the controversy.

Mootness can arise for various reasons, such as the occurrence of events that have made the issue irrelevant, the parties reaching a settlement, or changes in the law that have rendered the case moot.

Once a case is deemed moot, it is no longer within the purview of a court to hear and decide on the matter.

The concept of mootness is often used in appellate courts, where the jurisdiction of the court is limited to cases and controversies that are still alive and capable of being resolved.

If a case becomes moot while it is pending before an appellate court, the court will typically dismiss the case as moot, without reaching a decision on the merits of the case.