Definition of stare decisis in English:

stare decisis

Pronunciation /ˌstɛːrɪ dɪˈsʌɪzɪs//ˌstɑːreɪ dɪˈsiːsɪs/

noun

mass nounLaw
  • The legal principle of determining points in litigation according to precedent.

    ‘a doctrine of stare decisis’
    ‘the impact of the case upon the stare decisis’
    • ‘In the present state of juristic opinion, I would not extend the doctrine of stare decisis any further.’
    • ‘Indeed, through the jurisprudential doctrine of stare decisis, a judge or justice's repugnant views may far outlast his or her own tenure in the judiciary.’
    • ‘The principle of stare decisis cannot be circumvented or disapplied in this way, and if it were the result would be chaos.’
    • ‘They should instead zero in on the nominees' views on stare decisis - the principle that courts should follow prior precedents in all but certain limited circumstances.’
    • ‘Thirdly, the per incuriam exception to the principle of stare decisis is a notably narrow one.’
    • ‘To make a prediction, one of the best ways is to turn to precedents according to the principle of stare decisis.’
    • ‘However, there is no doctrine of stare decisis in Belgian law and the matter is currently free from authority at the highest level.’
    • ‘Thus, it respected the principle of stare decisis.’
    • ‘The issue involved in the application of the doctrine of stare decisis to judicial decisions on statutory construction is: at what point as a matter of legal policy should the interpretative role of the court be treated as spent?’
    • ‘Australian courts, like English courts, applied principles of stare decisis - not only internally, but in relation to English decisions.’
    • ‘The principle of stare decisis generally requires that I adopt his reasoning.’
    • ‘The upshot of these decisions is a loosening in the doctrine of stare decisis.’
    • ‘But the Democrats' loyalty to the principle of stare decisis is highly selective.’
    • ‘Judicial activists also downplay stare decisis (respect for precedent), preferring to remedy perceived judicial errors.’
    • ‘There have been a lot of changes in common law theory and practice since the nineteenth century peak of legal construction, while stare decisis, notably, is not what it was.’
    • ‘Its nature would, however, be changed if the principle of vertical stare decisis were to be accorded less deference.’
    • ‘A decision by a higher court in the same judicial system, and, depending on the precise doctrine of stare decisis embraced by a court, an earlier decision by one's own court, is controlling.’
    • ‘This isn't so bad if the judge respects stare decisis, sticks to existing law, and approaches the job with humility and restraint.’
    • ‘Rather than affirming plainly mistaken rulings in the name of stare decisis (the principle of respect for past precedent), the Court should reserve its deference for the Constitution itself.’
    • ‘Judges in Ghana are bound by the principle of stare decisis, which requires that their decisions be based on earlier rulings.’

Origin

Latin, literally ‘stand by things decided’.

Pronunciation

stare decisis

/ˌstɛːrɪ dɪˈsʌɪzɪs//ˌstɑːreɪ dɪˈsiːsɪs/