opportunity to be heard.The chance to appear in a court or other tribunal and present evidence and argument before being deprived of a right by governmental authority. • The opportunity to be heard is a fundamental requirement of procedural due process. It ordinarily includes the right to receive fair notice of the hearing, to secure the assistance of counsel, and to cross-examine adverse witnesses. See procedural due process under DUE PROCESS . [Cases: Constitutional Law  251.6. C.J.S. Constitutional Law §§ 968, 1165–1166, 1168–1169.]

[Blacks Law 8th]