certification to state court

certification to state court
Procedure by which a Federal Court abstains from deciding a state law question until the highest court of the state has had an opportunity to rule on the question so certified by the Federal Court. Clay v. Sun Insurance Office Ltd., 363 U.S. 207, 80 S.Ct. 1222, 4 L.Ed.2d 1170.
State statutes and court rules providing for such certification are generally patterned on the "Uniform Certification of Questions of Law Act."

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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