consent decree

noun

: a judicial decree that sanctions a voluntary agreement between parties in dispute

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The parish jail overseen by the sheriff has been under a federal consent decree since 2013 following evidence of rampant violence — at the hands of both the guards and of those jailed — and unsafe living conditions. Richard A. Webster, ProPublica, 27 Jan. 2023 The police department is still under a federal consent decree imposed on the agency in the aftermath of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in the custody of city police officers. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 21 Dec. 2022 This, of course, is part of the federal consent decree that the Cleveland Police Department has been under for several years. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 8 Dec. 2022 The stories triggered a civil rights investigation by the U.S. Justice Department in 1995 and led to sweeping reforms in the state system under a five-year federal consent decree. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, 15 Nov. 2022 Clarke said the probe is aimed at driving reforms that the Justice Department could seek to force by suing to implement a federal consent decree. Jim Mustian And Jake Bleiberg, Chicago Tribune, 9 June 2022 Clarke said the probe is aimed at driving reforms that the Justice Department could seek to force by suing to implement a federal consent decree. Jim Mustian And Jake Bleiberg, USA TODAY, 9 June 2022 Clarke said the probe is aimed at driving reforms that the Justice Department could seek to force by suing to implement a federal consent decree. Jake Bleiberg, BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2022 The Chicago Police Department continues to be under a federal consent decree established in early 2019. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of consent decree was in 1904

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“Consent decree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consent%20decree. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Legal Definition

consent decree

see decree

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