judicial review


Definition of judicial review 

2 : a constitutional doctrine that gives to a court system the power to annul legislative or executive acts which the judges declare to be unconstitutional

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The administration is seeking to dismiss the suit, arguing that the 1990 law that established the program also barred judicial review of the government’s foreign policy decision to add or remove any country. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Lawyer: Trump’s dismissal of nations ‘irrelevant’," 22 June 2018 Murphy is pushing for public access to the reports of the examiners who evaluated Chapman and wants a judicial review of the matter. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Chapman’s attorney says petition seeking block of his release is without merit," 30 May 2018 State lawyers argued that the payments were consistent with the mortgage settlement and were not subject to judicial review, but the court disagreed. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "California ordered to restore $331 million to fund for homeowners," 12 July 2018 That is because enforcing such a narrow definition of impeachment would rest on Mr Dershowitz’s second claim—that impeachment proceedings may be subject to judicial review. The Economist, "The case against impeachment," 12 July 2018 Many presidential actions are not subject to judicial review, and judges give substantial deference to those that are. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Lee A. Casey, WSJ, "The Rule of Law Prevails in the Travel-Ban Case," 27 June 2018 And any action taken by the OMB director will be final, and not subject to judicial review. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Louisiana, Trump administration attempt to speed Mid-Barataria diversion permits," 26 Jan. 2018 Among other reasons, Johnston wrote that judicial review of initiatives in these instances can occur only when the Washington secretary of state has declined to place a measure on the ballot. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Court rejects move to keep gun-safety measure off Washington ballot," 3 July 2018 Her request also covers having the same firm defend the county in a separate action Impallaria filed against it in Circuit Court in late November 2017 to compel a judicial review of the county’s approval of the site plan for Ansar. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford council approves hiring outside lawyer to defend suit over 'Muslim' housing development," 22 June 2018

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1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Legal Definition of judicial review 

1 : review

2 : a constitutional doctrine that gives to a court system the power to annul legislative or executive acts which the judges declare to be unconstitutional also : the process of using this power — see also checks and balances, Marbury v. Madison

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