Abuse of Discretion

Definition

A standard of review used by appellate courts to review decisions of lower courts. A judgment will be termed an abuse of discretion if the adjudicator has failed to exercise sound, reasonable, and legal decision-making skills.

Illustrative case law

See, e.g. Wilton v. Seven Falls Co., 515 US 277 (1995) and General Electric Co. v. Joiner, 522 US 136 (1997).

See also

  • [[wex:Judicial ethics]]
  • [[wex:Appellate procedure]]