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Definition of "judge-made" []

  • Created by judges or judicial decision; -- applied esp. to law applied or established by the judicial interpretation of statutes so as extend or restrict their scope, as to meet new cases, to provide new or better remedies, etc., and often used opprobriously of acts of judicial interpretation considered as doing this. Judge-made law is contrasted with <contr>statutory law</contr> and <contr>civil law</contr>. (adjective)

Gnu Collaboartive International Dictionary of English: licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

Use "judge-made" in a sentence
  • "Today, in my experience, “common law” tends to bear the first meaning (judge-made law)."
  • "There are some worrying grey areas that merit sensible debate, but the various hysterical claims made by editors – about judge-made law, the inadequacies of the ECHR, the bypassing of the British parliament, the need for a British bill of rights and the chilling effect on investigative journalism – are well wide of the mark."
  • "But a judge-made rule—the one the Supreme Court is scrutinizing today—requires courts to defer to the Patent Office absent "clear and convincing" evidence that the examiner overlooked something."
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