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That which is consistent with or dependent upon the fundamental law that defines and establishes government in society and basic principles to which society is to conform.

A law is constitutional when it does not violate any provision of the U.S. Constitution or any state constitution.

See: fundamental, hereditary, innate, lawful, legal, legitimate, licit, organic, permissible, rightful, salutary, valid

CONSTITUTIONAL. That which is consonant to, and agrees with the constitution.
     2. When laws are made in violation of the constitution, they are null and void: but the courts will not declare such a law void unless there appears to be a clear and unequivocal breach of the constitution. 4 Dall. R. 14; 3 Dall. R. 399; 1 Cranch, R. 137; 1 Binn. R. 415 6 Cranch, R. 87, 136; 2 Hall's Law Journ. 96, 255, 262; 3 Hall's Law Journ. 267; Wheat. Dig. tit. Constitutional Law; 2 Pet. R. 522; 2 Dall. 309; 12 Wheat. R. 270; Charlt. R. 175,.235; 1 Breese, R. 70, 209; 1 Blackf. R. 206 2 Porter, R. 303; 5 Binn. 355; 3 S. & R. 169; 2 Penn. R. 184; 19 John. R. 58; 1 Cowen, R. 550; 1 Marsb. R. 290 Pr. Dec. 64, 89 2 Litt. R. 90; 4 Monr R. 43; 1 South. R. 192; 7 Pick. R. 466; 13 Pick. R. 60 11 Mass. R. 396; 9 Greenl. R. 60; 5 Hayw. R. 271; 1 Harr. & J. 236; 1 Gill & J. 473; 7 Gill & J. 7; 9 Yerg. 490; 1 Rep. Const. Ct. 267; 3 Desaus. R. 476; 6 Rand. 245; 1 Chip. R. 237, 257; 1 Aik. R. 314; 3 N. H. Rep. 473; 4 N. H. Rep. 16; 7 N. H. Rep. 65; 1 Murph. R. 58. See 8 Law Intell. 65, for a list of decisions made by the supreme court of the United States, declaring laws to be unconstitutional.

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According to article 147, paragraph 4) of the Fundamental Law, "the decisions of the Romanian Constitutional Court shall be published in the Official Gazette of Romania.
2010, once more in a paradoxical manner, ruled that there was another conflict between the Parliament and the Government on the same matter, only that this time, the public authority causing it was the Parliament--namely the Senate--which refused to debate the motion of censorship that followed after the Government had assumed its responsibility, claiming that, in the light of the previously presented decision of the Constitutional Court, the Prime-Minister Emil Boc had to take back that respective act.
On the whole, the clarifications which were made by the Romanian Constitutional Court in the five decisions on which it had accepted the existence of a juridical conflict of a constitutional nature between public authorities serve as instruments in preserving the principle of balance and powers, because they offer clarifications and binding interpretations that are independent from the political powers involved to certain constitutional provisions.
The Impact of the Rulings of the Romanian Constitutional Court
On the other hand though, it cannot be denied that the primordial nature of these juridical conflicts of a constitutional nature is, most of the times, a political one.
Secondly, the rulings of the Romanian Constitutional Court are "effective only for the future" (60), which means that irregardless of the gravity and the impact of the conflict they solve, these decisions do not have retroactive effects and by consequence, cannot undo any acts, actions or inactions that occurred prior to its publication in the Official Gazette.
Furthermore, as I have previously mentioned, the decisions of the Romanian Constitutional Court serve as instruments which clarify those disputed constitutional provisions which enabled one of the public authorities to attempt to attain more political power at the expense of another authority.
Finally, through its decisions, the Romanian Constitutional Court also appears as a safe guardian of the principle of checks and balances, as an independent, unique authority which rules only in the spirit of the Constitution, and as a readily-available juridico-political instrument which can be effectively employed by either one of the public authorities.
To conclude, it appears that the Romanian Constitutional Court is more and more frequently called to rule upon cases of juridical conflicts of a constitutional nature between public authorities, especially when those holding the head offices are of opposing political affiliations and when the constitutional provisions allow interpretation.
This paper in itself was constructed in a juridico-political manner, as the primary sources used in my research were legal documents such as the Constitutions and the Decisions taken by the Court in solving the constitutional conflicts between public authorities and at the same time, in analyzing these sources, I have also looked at the political factors and contexts which strongly influenced them--naturally, since these conflicts are, to a great extent, political.