To hand down

to transmit in succession, as from father to son, or from predecessor to successor; as, fables are handed down from age to age; to forward to the proper officer (the decision of a higher court); as, the Clerk of the Court of Appeals handed down its decision.

See also: Hand

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg is expected to hand down the sentence (punishment) in the matter on Wednesday at about 10h00.
The Hague court said it plans to hand down the final verdict in December this year in the trial of former Bosnian Serb President Radovan KaradA3/4ic, who has appealed against his initial conviction for genocide and other wartime crimes.
By: MENA CAIRO, Sept 18 (MENA) - The Cairo Criminal Court decided to hand down life sentence to 43, including 21 in absentia, in the case of Fatah Mosque armed sit-in.
But a panel of judges said Tuesday the decision to hand down Lindsay June Sandiford, who was arrested last May carrying what officials said was cocaine worth an estimated $2.6 million, the death penalty instead was based on the defendant having shown no regret for what she did, Indonesian state news agency Antara reported.
"We would urge the courts to hand down the toughest possible sentences to people who attack our staff.
"Therefore we are left with no choice but to hand down the maximum sentences" he added.
If judges want to hand down lesser sentences, they should have the moral courage to do so openly and not pretend that their sentencing is draconian.
But the thundering silence of the Court on the issue of a defendant's freedom of thought frustrated those who had urged the Court to hand down a decision protecting the mental autonomy of pretrial defendants.
Presiding Judge Shogo Kawaguchi was to hand down a ruling on Friday.
Hearing arguments in April, the court is expected to hand down a quick ruling by early July.
It is rare for a court to hand down a jail term to such an elderly person.