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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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The debate travelled to Britain, and the foremost advocate of judicial activism, Lord Denning, was rebuked by Lord Diplock (a confirmed judicial activist, at that), who said in 1980: 'It endangers continued public confidence in the political impartiality of the judiciary, which is essential to the continuance of the rule of law, if judges, under the guise of interpretation provide their own preferred amendments to statutes which experience of their operation has shown to have had consequence that members of the court before whom the matter comes consider to be injurious to the public interests.'
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.
Despite such qualifications and a rating of "well qualified" from the American Bar Association, she was opposed by Republican lawmakers under the tiresome and unwarranted pretext that she was a "judicial activist." Oh, yes, and there was the highly influential matter of the National Rifle Association's opposition because as New York's solicitor general Halligan had the audacity to file a brief that ran contrary to the interests of the gun lobby.