Judicial Interpretation

Definition - What does Judicial Interpretation mean?

Judicial interpretation is the process whereby a judge evaluates certain laws and legal matters.

Judicial interpretation is needed when a circumstance arises and there is no legal precedent, or there is ambiguity as to how to proceed in a legal context. In such cases, the court system relies on judges to conduct judicial interpretation to sort the matter out.

Justipedia explains Judicial Interpretation

Judges are tasked with judicial interpretation because they are legal authorities who have had years of training in law. Laws can vary significantly from state to state, so a similar legal matter may be dealt with differently by judges in different states following judicial interpretations.

In general, when judicial interpretation occurs, the judge tries to make their decision in harmony with the governing laws and documents in the state that they are located in. This includes the United States Constitution if it is a federal legal issue.

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