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per curiam

Line breaks: per cur¦iam
Pronunciation: /ˈkjʊərɪam
 
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Law

Definition of per curiam in English:

adverb& adjective

By or denoting decision of an appellate court in unanimous agreement, written anonymously: [as adverb]: an analysis as to whether the case should be decided per curiam
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  • While law geeks everywhere were focused on the nomination today, it is worth noting that the Supreme Court issued two per curiam summary reversals this morning.
  • Tradition holds that the court's per curiam opinion in such ties is usually very, very terse, often consisting of no more than a single sentence: ‘The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court.’
  • The court of appeals affirmed per curiam a dismissal by the district court for want of subject matter jurisdiction.

noun

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A decision taken per curiam: in only a few cases did the panel publish a per curiam

Origin

Latin, literally 'by a court'.

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