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judicial activism

n.
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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Tanvir stressed, after judicial activism movement, the judiciary itself should have bring reforms in lower judicial system for the provision of speed justice to the masses.
According to media reports Judicial Activism Panel had filed petition in Lahore High Court taking the plea that PML-N had used state resources in by polls in NA-122 Lahore and government vehicles were used during election campaign on polling day.
Judicial Activism by definition is the doctrine that the judicial branch, especially the federal courts, may interpret the Constitution.
This is yet another case of judicial activism in which one judge overturns the freedom of the people to affirm natural marriage.
The return of judicial activism on the Supreme Court is likely to depend on the appointment of more liberal Justices to the Court who could press the constitutional views that are now most often expressed in dissent.
In fact it was this same judicial activism that even by tually led ex- Prime Minister Gillani to resign.
He goes on to defend substantive due process and judicial activism from critics both on the right, such as conservative judge Robert Bork, and on the left like Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
That case later became the harbinger of judicial activism in Pakistan and Aziz, in a state of fury, misled Musharraf to frame the former chief justice on charges of misconduct and abuse of authority.
3) Yet Democratic leaders can feel just as much concern for judicial activism as their Republican counterparts.
The proposal, according to a PPP official, was first floated at a party meeting held the day Gilani was disqualified by the apex court, and some of Zardari's allies suggested that he take an aggressive stance against what they thought was unacceptable judicial activism, states the paper.
Constitution, his keen intellect and extraordinary knowledge of all things legal, and his steadfast commitment to the principles of federalism and limited government--into making it at the time the leading legal journal challenging judicial activism and defending the original understanding of the Constitution.
Of utmost importance is that these overturned decisions may indicate the European Court's "new tendency to exercise "self restraint" from judicial activism on ideological matters;' (remember the crucifix question in Italy) that are best left to national legislators (Zenit.