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Sua Sponte

sua sponte adv or adj

[Latin, of its own accord]
: on the court's own motion or initiative [authorize the court to order a new trial sua sponte "J. H. Friedenthal et al."] [the court's sua sponte dismissal]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.