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judicial activism

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Judicial lawmaking that exceeds the proper exercise of judicial authority, especially when concerned with matters ordinarily addressed by a legislature.
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Noun1.judicial activism - an interpretation of the U.S. constitution holding that the spirit of the times and the needs of the nation can legitimately influence judicial decisions (particularly decisions of the Supreme Court)
interpreting, rendering, rendition, interpretation - an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious; "the edict was subject to many interpretations"; "he annoyed us with his interpreting of parables"; "often imitations are extended to provide a more accurate rendition of the child's intended meaning"
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His acceptance of the dark past of the judiciary, rejection of the doctrine of necessity and reassurance that such a thing will not happen again is a breath of relief, since the judiciary's precedent of reaffirming dictators has always been a looming shadow over every judicial activist action.
On the other hand, the decision was also challenged in Lahore High Court (LHC) by judicial activist panel's head Azhar Siddiq Farooq.
The reality is that if Barack Obama is allowed to fill the Supreme Court vacancy with the only type of justice he'd nominate--a devoted liberal judicial activist (a bad judge, put plainly)--the Left will have an unassailable majority.
I will say it is more than a little strange to see Donald relying on as authoritative a liberal, left-wing, judicial activist Harvard law professor who is a huge Hillary supporter," Cruz replied.
He said that judicial activist present cases of such violations in foreign countries and refuse to present their claims inside the country.
The Palais Royale, a residential tower and the tallest building planned for Mumbai, has met problems in its construction and come under attack from judicial activist NGO Janhit Manch for 'blatant irregularities' .
However, Bhagwanji Rayani, a judicial activist who heads the Janhit Manch, an organisation that has filed 55 public interest litigations, believes the 31-storey structure should be confiscated by the government and given back to the public.
These examples, chosen from among legions available, demonstrate that the conservatives have succeeded in defining the debate: a judge is either a judicial activist or a conservative.
Religious Right groups, however, branded Kagan a far-left judicial activist and unleashed a barrage of e-mails and letters against her.
The Arizona senator calls Sotomayor a judicial activist who tried to walk back from that record during her confirmation hearings.
That Arbour, 59, is in the eye of the controversy is no surprise to those who watched her at home, where she earned a reputation on the bench as a left-wing judicial activist.
A legitimate judicial activist who changes the law to accommodate new social realities does so based on society's values, not the judge's personal views, he says.