Judicial opinion

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Legal and judicial opinions

Judicial opinions & aggregates for official decisions (O.S-Federal)

Majority opinion
Dissenting opinion
Plurality opinion
Concurring opinion
Memorandum opinion
Per curiam opinion
Seriatim opinion

A judicial opinion is a form of legal opinion written by a judge or a panel of judges explaining how they resolved a legal dispute.[1] It cites the decision reached to resolve the dispute. A judicial opinion usually includes the reasons behind the decision.[1] Where there are three or more judges, it may take the form of a majority opinion, minority opinion or a concurring opinion.[2]

Kinds of judicial opinions[change | change source]

  • A majority opinion is a judicial opinion agreed to by more than half of the members of a court. A majority opinion sets becomes the decision of the court in a particular case.
  • A concurring opinion is written to agree with a decision, but for giving different reasons for the agreement. When it is joined by the greatest number of judges, it is referred to as the plurality opinion.
  • A dissenting opinion (or dissent) is an opinion written by one or more judges expressing disagreement with the majority opinion. A dissenting opinion does not create binding precedent nor does it become a part of case law.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Orin S. Kerr (August 2005). "How to Read a Judicial Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students" (PDF). Carnegie Mellon; Computation Organizations & Society. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  2. "judicial opinion". Retrieved 15 March 2016.