abuse of discretion

Definition of "abuse of discretion"
  1. A significant error made by a judge during a trial or in making a ruling that heavily impacts a party's chance at a fair trial. Consequences may include undue influence on a jury, showing bias, denying the chance for one to present their case fully, or passing sentences that are disproportionately harsh
How to use "abuse of discretion" in a sentence
  1. During the trial, he felt the judge's premature conclusions constituted an abuse of discretion.
  2. The court overturned the decision due to apparent abuse of discretion in the original trial.
  3. Given the extreme severity of her sentence, her lawyer argued that there had been an abuse of discretion.

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