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 The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at The Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 25 June 2021 However, in November 2020, a per curiam ruling of the Supreme Court in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo changed the analysis specifically as to church closings. Star Tribune, 11 Apr. 2021 The announcement, made in a per curiam opinion from the seven-member court, will allow jury trials already underway to continue for the time being. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, 21 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 27 Apr. 2020 The justices issued a unanimous per curiam, or unsigned, opinion on Tuesday announcing the suspension. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 19 Nov. 2019 Several justices issued dissenting statements, though the order was entered per curiam. Jonathan Lai,, 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, 26 June 2017 See More

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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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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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