One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounScots Law
Time taken for further consideration of a judgement.‘the court is to take the case to avizandum’
- ‘When the appeal came before the Sheriff Principal on 11 November 1993 he was informed that the pursuer had exercised access to the child on two occasions while the Sheriff's decision was at avizandum.’
- ‘I took the view that I was not to be further addressed and took the matter to avizandum.’
- ‘As a result considerable court resources and time were potentially to be required in circumstances in which a decision in the litigation at avizandum might well reduce the areas in dispute.’
- ‘Phrases like avizandum, used by a judge to announce he intends to reflect on a case, and ‘pro loco et tempore’, when the prosecution announces that a case has been dropped for the time being, could be banned.’
- ‘If the sheriff makes avizandum, they'll issue their full decision or ‘judgement’ (including all their reasons) in writing at a later date - usually 28 days after the hearing or proof has finished.’
Early 17th century: from medieval Latin, literally ‘consideration’, gerund of avizare ‘consider, advise’, from ad- ‘to’ + visere, frequentative of videre ‘to see’.
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