stare decisis

noun
sta·​re de·​ci·​sis | \ ˌster-ē-di-ˈsī-səs How to pronounce stare decisis (audio) , ˌstär-\

Definition of stare decisis

: a doctrine or policy of following rules or principles laid down in previous judicial decisions unless they contravene the ordinary principles of justice

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In this sense, Roe can likewise be a good test of a nominee’s views on stare decisis. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Abortion, Roe—and Trump," 2 July 2018 When the day comes that the Court reconsiders Roe, the justices will no doubt take seriously the arguments from stare decisis for leaving it be. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Destroying Brett Kavanaugh," 1 Oct. 2018 The reason is the power of stare decisis (or precedent), and how conservatives view the role of the Court in supporting the credibility of the law. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Are Democrats Crying Wolf on Threat to Abortion Rights?," 3 July 2018 In deciding whether to respect stare decisis and follow a precedent deemed wrongly decided, justices apply standards that can appear wobbly and uncertain. Walter Olson, WSJ, "Gay Marriage Is Here to Stay, Even With a Conservative Court," 8 July 2018 Its roots in the Constitution give the concept of stare decisis greater weight simply because a judge might want to on a whim. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Read the full transcript of Sen. Collins’s speech announcing she’ll vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh," 5 Oct. 2018 Most judicial nominees voice respect for stare decisis during confirmation hearings. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a potential Supreme Court nominee, has defended overturning precedents," 3 July 2018 The reason is the power of stare decisis, or precedent, and how conservatives view the role of the Court in supporting the credibility of the law. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Abortion Scare Campaign," 2 July 2018 That would require quite a challenge to the doctrine of stare decisis, or the binding nature of constitutional precedents, which becomes more important as such precedents are allowed to stand. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Steps the Next Supreme Court Might Take to Roll Back Abortion Rights," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of stare decisis

1754, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stare decisis

Latin, to stand by decided matters

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stare decisis

noun
sta·​re de·​ci·​sis | \ ˈster-ē-di-ˈsī-sis, ˈstär-ē-; ˈstä-rā-dā-ˈkē-sēs How to pronounce stare decisis (audio) \

Legal Definition of stare decisis

: the doctrine under which courts adhere to precedent on questions of law in order to insure certainty, consistency, and stability in the administration of justice with departure from precedent permitted for compelling reasons (as to prevent the perpetuation of injustice)

History and Etymology for stare decisis

New Latin, to stand by things that have been settled

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