Memorandum opinion

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In law, a memorandum opinion is usually an unpublished legal opinion that cannot be cited as precedent.[1] It is formally defined as: "[1] unanimous appellate opinion that succinctly states the decision of the court; an opinion that briefly reports the court's conclusion, usu. without elaboration because the decision follows a well-established legal principle or does not relate to any point of law." [2] There is no elaboration or explanation because the decision either follows a well-known legal principle or it does not relate to a point of law.[1] A memorandum opinion is also not subject to appeal.[1]

Generally, memorandum opinions follow ordinary rules, including the application of precedent and the rule of stare decisis.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Memorandum Opinion Law & Legal Definition". Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  2. Black's Law Dictionary, 1201 (9th ed. 2009).
  3. Erica S. Weisgerber, 'Unpublished Opinions: A Convenient Means to an Unconstitutional End', Georgetown Law Journal, Volume 97, Number 2 (January 2009), p. 633