follow precedent

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When laws are not explicit, judges can follow precedent or set ones of their own.
If Wales becomes independent then I hope we do not follow precedent with a second Senedd chamber.
In a majority opinion written by Justice Stephen Breyer, the Court's decision is primarily a victory for stare decisis (by which courts follow precedent and do not lightly overturn settled principles of law).
35) In other words, for an originalist, the default rule is to follow the original meaning, but he might have good reason to depart from the original meaning and follow precedent in a particular case.
Instead, the dissents and failures to follow precedent thus far largely have been intended to extend a dialogue over proper interpretation.
There is no feeling among Justices that they have to follow precedent, even when they are somewhat unhappy with it, so long as there is no compelling reason for changing it.
Clarence House confirmed it was expected that Kate, 29, would follow precedent with the flowers, likely to be supplied by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners as in past royal weddings.
Lest any be misled down the primrose path, it is, in fact, extremely difficult to induce any court not to follow precedent.
In short, persuading a court to follow precedent, distinguish it, or overrule it--as the case requires to advance your client's position--is in large part dependent upon credible citations and sound reasoning based upon the citations.
73) Although federal court judges have life tenure, and thus cannot be sanctioned for failing to follow precedent, they generally regard adherence to precedent as a basic responsibility of judging.
The court declined to follow precedent in which other circuits had granted similar motions under the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure because those decisions came before the electronic filing system existed.