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Etymology: L, praecedere, to go before
a previously adjudged decision that serves as an authority in a similar case.


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(pre′sĕ-dĕnt) [L. praecedere, to go before, precede]
In law, an action, ruling, or verdict that may be used as an example to be followed in the future.

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This is however an apparent problem, which becomes clear when Ross' idea that each sentence about valid law is a prediction concerning future judicial decisions is considered.
Some realists conceptualize judicial decision making as judges reaching conclusions first, and then embarking on quests to identify facts and law supporting their desired outcomes, thereby undermining both predictability and credibility.
Justice Scalia's depiction of the judicial decision as legislative, however, suggests that even if a court reached a conclusion on the allocation of property rights based upon these sorts of legal considerations, its judgment should still be considered a political, and not a legal, decision.
That is, once appointed, judges cannot be removed by a government merely because the government does not agree with their judicial decisions.
Given that schools are one of the only places that young people can observe firsthand the relationship between judicial decision making and enforcement, it seems especially important for teachers on their own to address this with their students.
Six of the seven states recognizing same-sex marriage by judicial decision gave no new protections to religious objectors.
Perhaps the easiest way today to find and read the law is on the internet, where most of the important legislation and judicial decisions can readily be located and downloaded.
In a 139-page opinion that reads more like an ACLU brief than a carefully analyzed judicial decision, Federal District Court Judge John E.
Structures of judicial decision making from legal formalism to critical theory, 2d ed.
The possibility of a poor judicial decision would be unacceptable,'' said Bill Johnson, Hansen's legislative director.
We should also begin exploring avenues to resolve libel questions involving public officials without relying so heavily on judicial decision making.
Description: The Kazakhstan Judicial Program was designed to strengthen judges knowledge and application of best international practices in judicial decision writing techniques and substantive law, support the implementation of new legislation, and the development of alternative dispute resolution methods.

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