strict scrutiny

Definition of "strict scrutiny"
  1. A criteria courts use to assess the legality of a statute when it touches on a fundamental right or is related to a vulnerable group under the equal protection clause. The court evaluates if the government has a pressing need to enact the law, whether the law is specifically designed to achieve the government's goals, and if there are less intrusive methods to achieve the same ends
How to use "strict scrutiny" in a sentence
  1. The lawyer argued that the new law should be subjected to strict scrutiny due to its impact on a fundamental right.
  2. The court applied strict scrutiny to the regulation restricting freedom of speech.
  3. Given the legislation's potential to discriminate, strict scrutiny was required to ensure equal protection under the law.

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