per curiam

adverb or adjective
per cu·​ri·​am | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌäm How to pronounce per curiam (audio) , -ˈku̇r- \

Definition of per curiam

: by the court as a whole rather than by a single justice and usually without extended discussion a per curiam decision

Examples of per curiam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an unsigned per curiam opinion, the Chief joined the four liberals and a (conflicted) Justice Brett Kavanaugh in declaring moot a challenge to New York City’s onerous gun regulation (New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York). The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Chief Justice Ducks on Gun Rights," 27 Apr. 2020 Ephrat Livni The US Supreme Court today issued a per curiam opinion—an unsigned decision, often signaling unanimity—dismissing a supremely controversial New York gun law case that had Americans up in arms. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Dissenting justices claim Supreme Court was “manipulated” in New York gun case," 27 Apr. 2020 The justices issued a unanimous per curiam, or unsigned, opinion on Tuesday announcing the suspension. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Ohio Supreme Court yanks law license of Cleveland attorney convicted in Breaking Bad-inspired money laundering scheme," 19 Nov. 2019 Several justices issued dissenting statements, though the order was entered per curiam. Jonathan Lai, Philly.com, "Pa. Supreme Court strikes down congressional map as unconstitutional, orders change before May primary," 22 Jan. 2018 In his opinion, Thomas recognizes this fact, calling out the per curiam majority for injecting squishy standards into an already complex case. Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, "SCOTUS Splits the Travel Ban Baby," 26 June 2017 Roberts did not explicitly dissent from that ruling, which was issued per curiam without a single author. Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, "Marriage Equality May Soon Be in Peril," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of per curiam

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for per curiam

Medieval Latin per curiam, literally, by the court

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11 May 2020

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“Per curiam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/per%20curiam. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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per curiam

adverb or adjective
per cu·​ri·​am | \ pər-ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌäm, -ˈku̇r-, -əm How to pronounce per curiam (audio) \

Legal Definition of per curiam

: by the court as a whole rather than by a single justice and usually without extended discussion a per curiam affirmance

History and Etymology for per curiam

Latin, by the court

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