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Etymology: L, opinari, to suppose
1 (in law) a statement by the court, usually in writing, of the reasoning behind its decision or judgment in a particular case.
2 a statement prepared for a client by an attorney that represents the attorney's understanding of the law as it pertains to a legal question posed by the client.


A term of art used in clinical studies for judgement and/or the advice provided by an independent ethics committee to sponsors and regulatory bodies


n in the law of evidence, an inference or conclusion drawn by a witness from information known to him or her or assumed.

Patient discussion about opinion

Q. Looking for anyone that would like to share information or opinions regarding Fibromyalgia? Do you believe in Fibromyalgia? What are the symptoms? Any good treatments?

A. i have a close friend that suffers from that illness. i have to say that when you look at it from the side it's hard to understand the pain and suffer that involved in this. at first i couldn't see it from her point of view,and i ashamed to say i didn't believe her...
but it took me a while to see that this is a true pain and frustrating it is. it's important to take in mind that poeple that does not suffer from Fybromyalgia have hard times understanding it.

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The new electronic pool for distributing Supreme Court opinions is also going to create temptations similar to those that broadcast news organizations have found hard to resist as pooled video and audio of news events have been more frequently piped in to them.
This book provides law students with a framework for reading, discussing, and analyzing court opinions in first-year courses, focusing on six types of arguments often used by courts, lawyers, and professors to resolve legal issues.
Many Supreme Court opinions contain eloquent language, but none has equaled Everson for such a cogent definition of what church-state separation means and why it is important.
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Furthermore, since the vast majority of their colleagues on the lower courts were also appointed by Republicans, the justices generally tend to agree with lower court opinions and are disinclined to revisit them.
In his relevant Court opinions, most of them (happily) still dissents, he has favored government-sponsored devotions in public schools, coercing tax-payers to fund sectarian private schools, and the intrusion of the fundamentalist doctrine of creationism in public-school science classes, while opposing freedom of conscience for women dealing with problem pregnancies.
The only problem with Bolton's selection is that texts are limited to the period of the NEA reauthorization debate, and hence sidestep material--for example, Supreme Court opinions on First Amendment interpretation, and the original 1965 NEA authorization law--that might help us better understand the dilemmas of the present.
a New York-based electronic publisher, has announced the release of the first-ever CD-ROM of United States Supreme Court opinions.
The Daily Opinion Summaries deliver clear, concise summaries of breaking court opinions.