Per Curiam

Definition - What does Per Curiam mean?

Per curium is a Latin term that means "by the court."

This term refers to decisions that are made by the court instead of made by an individual judge.

Per curium decisions are usually made for issues that are not controversial or high profile. Having an individual judge sign off on such issues is deemed unnecessary.

Justipedia explains Per Curiam

Unlike per curium decisions, decisions that are signed off on by an individual judge or a couple of judges tend to be more high profile. For example, decisions made by the Supreme Court often carry the signature of one or more justices.

Per curium decisions are often made in appeals courts. Despite the fact that a per curium decision may not name any specific judges on it, it is still legally binding and carries full legal authority.

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