case of first impression

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case of first impression

n. a case in which a question of interpretation of law is presented which has never arisen before in any reported case. Sometimes, it is only of first impression in the particular state or jurisdiction, so decisions from other states or the federal courts may be examined as a guideline.

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The court noted that the issue of whether a physician's duty to his or her patient continues after the patient is referred to a specialist was a question of first impression in Delaware.
The courts were confronted with a question of first impression.
Addressing a question of first impression, the court held that a custodial parent can recover damages from a nonparent third party who intentionally interferes with the parent's right to raise the child.