hand down a decision

idiom

of a court
: to officially decide a case by vote
On Friday, the Supreme Court handed down a decision upholding the new law.
The Court of Appeals handed down a 4–2 decision in favor of the new law.

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Recent Examples on the Web The court is expected to hand down a decision next year. ABC News, 5 Oct. 2022 The court is expected to hand down a decision about a 15-week ban in Mississippi in June. Bymary Kekatos, ABC News, 3 May 2022 The Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision in the case by the end of June. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 22 Mar. 2021 Any day now, the Supreme Court will hand down a decision that could change the future of Western art — and, in a sense, its history, too. Blake Gopnik, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2023 The Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision in June. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 7 Dec. 2022 Within days, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision that could severely limit the federal government’s authority to reduce carbon dioxide from power plants — pollution that is dangerously heating the planet. BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2022 The league could hand down a decision in the next couple of weeks, and then Watson will likely appeal. cleveland, 19 June 2022 The court will hand down a decision in the case by late June. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022

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