conscience of the court
n.
An equity court’s application of community standards of fairness and decency along with principles of equitable law and precedent to its resolution of a controversy.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


conscience of the court
n. A trial court's equitable power to resolve a dispute by applying the community's (but not the judge's personal) notions of decency, fairness, and justice.
@ shocks the conscience of the court
Phrase used when a trial judge determines that a jury or the parties to an action acted beyond certain limits of decency and fairness. Such a determination will be grounds for invalidating an award or verdict of the jury or a contract or other act of the parties.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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