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.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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