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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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The facially simple response to this situation is to interpret the provision--or clarify the provision's language--to prohibit use or citation of written determinations as binding precedent only.
This issue is important because section 6110(k)(3), as mentioned above, can only constitutionally apply to the use of written determinations as binding precedent.
It is clear that if a court allots 100% weight to the fact that the Service produced the winning position, the court has used the written determination as binding precedent.
It follows from the first point that encouraging written determinations to be used as binding precedent would cause significant interference with the Service's mission to fulfill its congressional mandate.
Judge Kozinski's opinion in Hart shoots down Anastasoffs claim that unpublished opinions must be binding precedents, but simultaneously demonstrates that they must be citable.
While rules permitting citation of these decisions thus seem inevitable, it does not follow that unpublished opinions should be treated as binding precedents, or as precedents at all in the stare decisis sense.
3 (unpublished decisions "are not binding precedents," and their citation is "disfavored"; but an unpublished decision may be cited if it has "persuasive value with respect to a material issue that has not been addressed in a published opinion" and it would "assist the court in its disposition").
The modern concept of binding precedent required two conditions, reliable case reports and a settled hierarchy of courts, that were not in place until at least the mid-nineteenth century, Judge Kozinski points out.
matter deserves review by a court that can create binding precedent.
Circuit's decision from becoming binding precedent.
appellate reviewers to create binding precedent diminishes the