rule of necessity

Definition of "rule of necessity"
  1. A principle that allows or mandates an authority figure, such as a judge, to rule on a case even if they have a bias or personal stake, given that disqualification would lead to no other qualified panel being available
How to use "rule of necessity" in a sentence
  1. The rule of necessity was invoked when there was no other judge available who didn't have a personal interest in the case.
  2. Due to the rule of necessity, the judge with a potential conflict of interest had to preside over the case as no other judge was qualified and available.
  3. As a statesman, he had to make a decision because the rule of necessity applied due to the lack of any other competent official.

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