bill of exceptions. - Legal Definition
- A written statement from a trial judge to an appellate court listing a party’s objections or exceptions made during the trial and the grounds on which they were based.
- In some states, a detailed record made, after a trial judge has excluded evidence, of what that evidence was so that, in case of an appeal, the appellate court can better determine whether it was proper for the evidence to be excluded at trial. For example, if the trial judge excluded a letter from evidence, the letter might be read into the record so its contents may be part of the bill of exceptions. See also exception.