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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, ultimately (partly via Old French recuser) from Latin recūsāre : re-, re- + causa, lawsuit; see 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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The vice chairman fills in if the chairman is unable to attend a meeting or recuses himself from an issue over possible conflicts of interest.
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When counsel for Lal Masjid said that earlier too you transferred the case to additional sessions judge Mohammad Atta Rabbani for hearing, the judge remarked that reports against him have appeared in newspapers related to the case, therefore, he recuses from hearing the case.
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section] 455, which requires a judge to recuse himself "in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned" (83) is not to undercut judicial and appellate review, but rather to ensure that, when a judge recuses himself, he could either be replaced by another judge or the remaining judges could consider the case.
30) On February 3, 2009, Senator Kirk W Dillard introduced a bill providing for a constitutional amendment to allow appointment of an appellate court justice as an "Interim Supreme Court judge" to hear a case where a member of the Illinois Supreme Court recuses himself or herself because of an actual or potential conflict of interest.
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A longtime opponent of expansion plans at Los Angeles International Airport can serve as a member of the city Airport Commission - as long as she recuses herself from decisions involving a lawsuit over airport modernization, the City Attorney's Office said Friday.
If a judge recuses after a case has been assigned to a panel but before oral argument occurs, a replacement judge will typically be assigned to hear that case.
I think it's just a matter of time before Justice Pemberton recuses from the case," said Lillian Hardwick, co-author of the Handbook of Texas Lawyer and Judicial Ethics.
recuses himself ``in the spirit of cooperation'' whenever litigation involving his employer is discussed, Gladbach noted.
If Baird recuses himself, an administrative judge would appoint another judge to take over the case.