One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverbLaw
Through or characterized by lack of due regard to the law or the facts.as adverb ‘the decision was made per incuriam’
- ‘He said that the Divisional Court had acted per incuriam.’
- ‘We do not think that it would be right to say that there may not be other cases of decisions given per incuriam in which this court might properly consider itself entitled not to follow an earlier decision of its own.’
- ‘But it also re-addressed the problem which had arisen from the office's administrative error, and concluded that its own decision on 14th September had been per incuriam.’
- ‘Your Honour, I did not want to suggest it was per incuriam.’
- ‘If I am satisfied that the decision was made per incuriam, beyond reasonable doubt, I will overrule.’
Latin, literally ‘through lack of care’.
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