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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Recent Examples on the Web Even the more radical court-packing schemes, really, are premised on the need to preserve judicial review at least as a formal exercise. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Constitution Is the Crisis," 19 Oct. 2020 Morales, who retired in August after controversially being demoted to captain by the Fire and Police Commission, has filed for a judicial review of that process in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Investigation finds 7 civilian Milwaukee police employees were removed from job for no reason," 16 Oct. 2020 His decisions established judicial review and laid the foundation for a thriving American system of commerce and national power. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Joe Manchin’s Marshall Mistake," 6 Oct. 2020 Other antidemocratic measures in our constitutional order include judicial review and, most important, the Bill of Rights, which are constraints on the powers of temporary democratic majorities. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Revolution by Shenanigan," 28 Sep. 2020 Legal experts say the department is likely to argue that the change in the census schedule was not a new policy, but more of a midcourse correction that was beyond judicial review. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Ruling Against Shortening Count Adds to Questions Raised About Census," 25 Sep. 2020 There is not a large amount of empirical data on judicial review of search warrants. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "No-knock warrants in Georgia under microscope since Breonna Taylor shooting," 16 Sep. 2020 Kohler intervened and argued that the swap was not a decision subject to judicial review, but merely a ministerial act by the bureaucracy. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Court reinstates challenge to Kohler-DNR land swap for Lake Michigan golf course project," 15 Sep. 2020 Judge Consuelo Callahan, who was appointed by Republican former President George W. Bush, wrote in a 54-page opinion that the executive branch's policy was not subject to judicial review and should not have been blocked. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: September 15, 2020," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of judicial review

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Judicial review.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judicial%20review. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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