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Max B
What is the difference between mootness and ripeness?
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Answered by: Lawyer Up

To be justiciable (appropriately in court), a case has to be "ripe". That means that the plaintiff must have a gripe going on TODAY. So in constitutional law, if someone were to sue about the validity of an act, he can't bring that lawsuit until he has been personally affected by the act. He can't just decide that he doesn't like the act, or be worried that it might affect him in the future. He has to be prosecuted, fined, found to have violated, etc... the act BEFORE he can bring a lawsuit to invalidate the act.

To be properly in court, a case must also not be MOOT. If an act in question prohibited someone under the age of 18 from drinking... and then, before that person sues, he turns 19, he will no longer be able to bring the suit when he's 19. It has to be affecting the plaintiff NOW in order to be considered a "live case in controversy".
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