rule of four

Definition of "rule of four"
  1. A procedural principle used by the U.S. Supreme Court where a case will be reviewed if at least four out of the nine justices agree to do so
How to use "rule of four" in a sentence
  1. The rule of four was invoked in order to review a contentious lower court decision.
  2. Even though the majority of justices disagreed, the rule of four allowed the case to be reviewed by the Supreme Court.
  3. By utilizing the rule of four, a minority group of justices were able to bring the case to the Supreme Court for evaluation.

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