judicial activism

Definition of "judicial activism"
  1. The approach where judges make rulings that go beyond established legal precedents, or are contrary to apparent constitutional or legislative meaning, in order to safeguard or extend individual rights
How to use "judicial activism" in a sentence
  1. The ruling in favor of the tenant, even though the law doesn't explicitly cover this scenario, is an example of judicial activism.
  2. With judicial activism, the judge interpreted the law liberally to protect the defendant's rights.
  3. Critics argue that judicial activism disrupts the balance of power by allowing judges to make, rather than interpret, laws.

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