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Obiter Dictum

[Latin, By the way.] Words of an opinion entirely unnecessary for the decision of the case. A remark made or opinion expressed by a judge in a decision upon a cause, "by the way", that is, incidentally or collaterally, and not directly upon the question before the court or upon a point not necessarily involved in the determination of the cause, or introduced by way of illustration, or analogy or argument. Such are not binding as precedent.

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obiter dictum

something said by a judge in a decision that is not essential to the decision and does not form part of the RATIO DECIDENDI.
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With exceptionally high success rates in difficult process and preparative chemistry, Obiter is expanding the contract manufacturing branch of its business.
THIRLY had Stannard and McGuinness consolidating their position at the top of the Premier with an emphatic 2-0 win over Obiter.
In the LCFA Intermediate Cup, Obiter lost 2-1 to Forefield Rangers as Warner Boys comfortably beat Holbank 2-0 to progress to Round 3 after George Ferguson and Josh Donnelly netted for Warner.
Obiter and Alder finished 1-1 while JOB beat Mossley Hill 3-0.
Jamie Hill put St Margaret's in front against over Obiter, only to be pegged back by a Danny Davidson equaliser.
Home & Bargain were 4-1 winners over Obiter with James McNeil, Callum Roberts and Phil Mason (2) on target.
St Margaret's won at Obiter by an amazing 12-2 score line after James Hooper (4), John Towner (3) and James Bradley (2) saw them finish in third place.
JOB and Thirly had a great tussle before a Ross Mc Dowell effort sealed the win for JOB and Obiter had Lee Treble getting both goals against Home & Bargain 2-0 with Joe O'Grady outstanding.
AFC Liverpool beat Obiter by a massive 9-0 scoreline last week, with Andrew Sweeney scoring four goals added to by regular Liverpool goalscorer George Ferguson.
There were two big surprises in the Premier Div as Obiter went down 1-0 to Mossley Hill with Michael Devereux hitting the winner and Nicosia had Michael Hutton on target against Thirly to gain a share of the points in a game, on form that Thirly would have expected to win comfortably but had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
In the Bill Hannon Memorial Cup, East Villa overcame a strong challenge from St Margaret's to win 2-1 to progress to the semi-finals as Woolton Wanderers are also through beating Carters 4-3 after a topsy turvy game while Obiter are also through to the semis after a 5-0 demolition job on Warner Wanderers courtesy of goals from Connor, Green, Elliot, Worrall and Joe Moore.
In the Premier Division Blue Anchor beat Obiter 3-1 and in Division One, Larkspur beat St Teresa's 5-1.