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Noun1.legal opinion - the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decisionlegal opinion - the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision; "opinions are usually written by a single judge"
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
concurring opinion - an opinion that agrees with the court's disposition of the case but is written to express a particular judge's reasoning
dissenting opinion - an opinion that disagrees with the court's disposition of the case
majority opinion - the opinion joined by a majority of the court (generally known simply as `the opinion')
fatwah - (Islam) a legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar; "bin Laden issued three fatwahs calling upon Muslims to take up arms against the United States"
dictum, obiter dictum - an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding
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"
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"For the humanist," Kahn explains, "the problem of understanding law is not that of deciding what the law should be but of explaining how we actually live with the law we have even as we argue with each other about what the law means."" Although the social scientist can no doubt offer useful information about law, there are some matters--and the persuasive task at the heart of the judicial opinion is one--for which we need the tools of the humanities.
In two of her stories, Gappah, an international lawyer, creatively uses the forms of documents daily seen on Rotten Row, a postmortem report and a judicial opinion, to tell her stories.
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Sources at the Israeli Foreign Ministry said Israel will announce its official stance on the issue after the release of an inclusive judicial opinion on the matter, adding that if needed Israel will discuss the issue with Egypt.
This amendment of the Constitution by the judicial opinion put forth by the seven justices is based mainly on extralegal grounds and a misreading of existing laws, which will have unimaginable grave and far-reaching dire consequences in our constitutional and legal system and national interest, De Castro said.
Judicial opinion too seems to be weighing against teachers as former Additional Solicitor General Vikas Singh said teachers who had been harbouring students were liable for punishment.
In addition, recognizing the fact that the drafting of a judicial opinion is a skill that needs to be developed and studied, there are courses that focus on this form of legal writing.
Those practices have since become enshrined in judicial opinion. Fiss studies legal controversies of the past decade including "Hamdi v.
Rule: Rule(s) of law used in/created by judicial opinion
As such, they were written in code or the jargon of judicial opinion writing, part of the secret language that we, who are members of the Amalgamated Lawyers and Judges of America, use to keep our shop closed.
POPKIN, EVOLUTION OF THE JUDICIAL OPINION: INSTITUTIONAL AND INDIVIDUAL STYLES (2007).
More concretely, drafting a constitution is different than entering into an oral contract, and writing a judicial opinion is different still.