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A headnote; a short note preceding the text of a reported case that briefly summarizes the rulings of the court on the points decided in the case.

The syllabus appears before the text of the opinion. The syllabus generally is not part of the opinion of the court but is prepared by a legal editor employed by a private law book company that publishes court decisions to serve as a quick reference for a researcher. Some courts prepare the syllabus for their own decisions, but in many states the syllabus has no legal effect. Ohio is one exception, however, where the court-prepared syllabus is part of the decision and is considered a statement of the law. In most states, only the opinion of the court containing the original statement of the grounds for the opinion may be used in legal papers in a lawsuit to convince a court or jury of a particular point of law.


Court Opinion.

See: capsule, compendium, outline, pandect, plan, program, prospectus, summary, synopsis
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Also, Pope Pius IX tried to stem the tide of modernism sweeping across Europe by issuing the Syllabus of Errors in 1865.
The stress on universal, traditional values, however, does not mean that the pope wishes to return the church to its preconciliar rejection of all elements of modernity, as did Pius IX in the Syllabus of Errors (1864).
The longest-serving pope in history, Pius IX (1846-78), presided over the First Vatican Council (papal infallibility), published the Syllabus of Errors (condemning major developments of the modern world), and lost the Papal States in a conflict with the newly formed Kingdom of Italy.
Pope Pius IX's 1864 encyclical Quanta Cura, which included the promulgation of the Syllabus of Errors, began as a reply to a speech by Charles de Montalembert calling for the reconciliation of the church with democracy.
are really to be found among liberalism's most determined adversaries," and that thinkers such as Frederic Le Play and Rene de La Tour du Pin not only embraced the Syllabus of Errors and its condemnation of a godless society but were also convinced that the improvement of the worker's lot could not be effected without the participation of the ruling class.
After the papal pronouncement on the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and the publication of the Syllabus of Errors (1864), further retrenchment occurred on both sides.
He rightly sees the papal war on liberalism and nationalism provoked by the Risorgimento, and the Syllabus of Errors, and even the declaration of Papal Infallibility, inspired by the papal reaction or counter-Risorgimento.