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void–for–vagueness doctrine

noun

Legal Definition of void–for–vagueness doctrine

  1. :  a doctrine requiring that a penal statute define a criminal offense with sufficient definiteness that ordinary people can understand what conduct is prohibited and in a manner that does not encourage arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement

Additional Notes on void–for–vagueness doctrine

Under the void-for-vagueness doctrine, a vague law is a violation of due process because the law does not provide fair warning of a prohibition and fails to set standards for enforcement that would govern the exercise of the police power.


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