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tr.v. re·cused, re·cus·ing, re·cus·es
To disqualify or seek to disqualify (a judge or juror) from participation in the decision in a case, as for personal prejudice against a party or for personal interest in the outcome.

[Middle English recusen, from Old French recuser, from Latin recūsāre : re-, re- + causa, cause.]

re·cu′sal (-kyo͞o′zəl) n.


(Law) (tr; reflexive) to remove from participation in a court case due to potential prejudice or partiality
[C19: see recusant]



v.t. -cused, -cus•ing.
to reject or challenge (a judge or juror) as disqualified to act, esp. because of interest or bias.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French recuser < Latin recūsāre; see recusant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.recuse - disqualify oneself (as a judge) in a particular case
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
disqualify - declare unfit; "She was disqualified for the Olympics because she was a professional athlete"
2.recuse - challenge or except to a judge as being incompetent or interested, in canon and civil law
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
reject - refuse to accept or acknowledge; "I reject the idea of starting a war"; "The journal rejected the student's paper"
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Deputy Attorney-general Rikkos Erotokritou's defence lawyers on Tuesday filed a request for the head of the Judicial Council, Judge Myronas Nikolatos, to be recused from adjudicating the case for the dismissal of Attorney-general Costas Clerides on the grounds of the two men having a close personal friendship.
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Samson, who has been at the center of several controversies in recent months over potential conflicts of interest involving his powerful law firm, recused himself from a vote early in the public portion of the meeting and didn't return.
Cairo Criminal Court Chairman Mustafa Salama recused himself on Wednesday from the trial of 18 Muslim Brotherhood leaders accused of killing protesters, citing "distress".
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The Concord Dem state rep stirs up some trouble in the Capital City when--after describing the financial relationship between Mayor Jim Bouley and developer Steve Duprey --he demands that Bouley (who's a lobbyist when he's not the mayor) "recuse himself, or be recused, from any council business" with Duprey.
Harris also sent over a letter from September 2011 in which the justice, then Courtney Hudson Henry because she had not yet remarried, recused from a Tyson case with no explanation.
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If an appeals court or district court judge withdraws from a case, there is another federal judge who can serve in that recused judge's place," he wrote.