A case or issue decided by a court that can be used to help answer future legal questions.
See stare decisis.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
An opinion of a federal or state court of appeals establishing a legal principle or rule that must be followed by lower courts when faced with similar legal issues. For example, once the California Supreme Court decided that employers may fire an employee who fails a drug test because of his use of medical marijuana, all lower courts in California must follow this rule.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:22 pm