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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.
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the withdrawal of a judge from a legal case
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Noun1.recusal - (law) the disqualification of a judge or jury by reason of prejudice or conflict of interest; a judge can be recused by objections of either party or judges can disqualify themselves
disqualification - the act of preventing someone from participating by finding them unqualified
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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The procedure was interrupted earlier in the month after the state filed a request for the recusal of several members of the supreme court bench, including the president, due their having an interest in the outcome of the appeal.
The three-member bench hearing the case was disbanded after Justice Afridi's recusal. Hearing on the NAB's appeal would continue after a new bench is formed for the case.
The three-member bench was disbanded after Justice Afridi's recusal. Hearing on the NAB's appeal would continue after the formation of a new bench in the case.
He said his wish was for the recusal case to be withdrawn so that he could proceed with trial.
The two filed the matter a week ago seeking the recusal of Judge Lessit, saying they are apprehensive she will not give them a fair trial.
The family says the matter should proceed to pretrial since no justifiable reason has been advanced to warrant the recusal of the judge.
Summary: New Delhi [India], May 2 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking recusal of Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, from hearing the matter on the release of Bangladeshi immigrants lodged in the detention centres in Assam.
The Court of Special Appeals' advance listing will begin with its May argument schedule and comes with the caveat that "panel assignments are always preliminary and subject to change." The court will also require attorneys who believe they have a basis to seek a judge's recusal to move for recusal at least three business days before the scheduled argument.
Meanwhile, there have been calls for the recusal of lawyers from both sides of the impeachment proceedings.
"Under the regulations, I make the decision, as the head of the agency, as to my own recusal," Barr said when asked by Democratic Senator Pat Leahy whether he would seek and follow their advice on recusal.