rule of necessity

Legal Definition of rule of necessity

: a rule permitting or requiring a judge or other official to adjudicate a case despite bias or personal interest when disqualification would result in the lack of any competent tribunal

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“Rule of necessity.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/rule%20of%20necessity. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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