Meaning of stare decisis in English:

stare decisis


mass nounLaw
  • The legal principle of determining points in litigation according to precedent.

    ‘a doctrine of stare decisis’
    • ‘the impact of the case upon the stare decisis’
    • ‘There have been a lot of changes in common law theory and practice since the nineteenth century peak of legal construction, while stare decisis, notably, is not what it was.’
    • ‘Its nature would, however, be changed if the principle of vertical stare decisis were to be accorded less deference.’
    • ‘Rather than affirming plainly mistaken rulings in the name of stare decisis (the principle of respect for past precedent), the Court should reserve its deference for the Constitution itself.’
    • ‘Indeed, through the jurisprudential doctrine of stare decisis, a judge or justice's repugnant views may far outlast his or her own tenure in the judiciary.’
    • ‘The issue involved in the application of the doctrine of stare decisis to judicial decisions on statutory construction is: at what point as a matter of legal policy should the interpretative role of the court be treated as spent?’
    • ‘Thirdly, the per incuriam exception to the principle of stare decisis is a notably narrow one.’
    • ‘Judicial activists also downplay stare decisis (respect for precedent), preferring to remedy perceived judicial errors.’
    • ‘Judges in Ghana are bound by the principle of stare decisis, which requires that their decisions be based on earlier rulings.’
    • ‘The principle of stare decisis cannot be circumvented or disapplied in this way, and if it were the result would be chaos.’
    • ‘The principle of stare decisis generally requires that I adopt his reasoning.’
    • ‘However, there is no doctrine of stare decisis in Belgian law and the matter is currently free from authority at the highest level.’
    • ‘In the present state of juristic opinion, I would not extend the doctrine of stare decisis any further.’
    • ‘To make a prediction, one of the best ways is to turn to precedents according to the principle of stare decisis.’
    • ‘They should instead zero in on the nominees' views on stare decisis - the principle that courts should follow prior precedents in all but certain limited circumstances.’
    • ‘A decision by a higher court in the same judicial system, and, depending on the precise doctrine of stare decisis embraced by a court, an earlier decision by one's own court, is controlling.’
    • ‘The upshot of these decisions is a loosening in the doctrine of stare decisis.’
    • ‘This isn't so bad if the judge respects stare decisis, sticks to existing law, and approaches the job with humility and restraint.’
    • ‘Australian courts, like English courts, applied principles of stare decisis - not only internally, but in relation to English decisions.’
    • ‘Thus, it respected the principle of stare decisis.’
    • ‘But the Democrats' loyalty to the principle of stare decisis is highly selective.’


stare decisis

/ˌstɛːrɪ dɪˈsʌɪzɪs/ /ˌstɑːreɪ dɪˈsiːsɪs/


Latin, literally ‘stand by things decided’.