Judicial Precedent Key Terms

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  • Ratio Decidendi
    • "Reasons for Deciding"
    • Why the judge decided between 'liable' and 'not-liable' or 'guilty' and 'not guilty'
  • Obiter Dicta
    • "Other things said"
    • Other things mentioned in the judgement, such as hypothetical situations where the decision may have been different.
  • Stare Decisis
    • "Decision must stand"
    • A decision all judges in lower…


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