per curiam

adverb or adjective
per cu·ri·am | \(ˌ)pər-ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌäm, -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

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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

Latin, by the court

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per curiam

adverb or adjective
per cu·ri·am | \pər-ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌäm, -ˈku̇r-, -əm \

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

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