full faith and credit
full faith and credit n: the recognition and enforcement of the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of one state by another see also article iv of the constitution in the back matter compare choice of law, comity, federalism
◇ Unlike comity, full faith and credit is a requirement created by the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Code. A public law or a judicial decision may not, however, be entitled to full faith and credit for specific reasons (as for having been decided by a court not having jurisdiction). Full faith and credit is given only in civil cases; states recognize each other's criminal laws through the mechanism of extradition.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

full faith and credit
n.
The constitutional requirement that all states must recognize the laws, judicial decisions, and public records of all other states and must give them the same degree of recognition that their own laws, judicial decisions, and public records receive.

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


full faith and credit
A Constitutional doctrine contained in Article IV, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution that requires courts and agencies in one state to recognize, respect, and enforce legal judgments and other actions from other states.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

full faith and credit
USA
Refers to a debt or other payment obligation that is guaranteed by the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury Department) or other government entity. Practically speaking, this means that the taxing and borrowing authority of the relevant government entity can be used, if necessary, to repay the debt or other payment obligation. Examples of obligations that are backed by the full faith and credit of the Treasury Department include FDIC-insured deposits and Treasury bills.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


full faith and credit
n. The requirement under the United States Constitution, Article IV, that a state respect the laws and court decisions of other states.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

full faith and credit
n.
   the provision in Article IV, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution which states: "Full faith and credit shall be given in each State to the public acts, records and judicial proceedings of every other state." Thus, a judgment in a lawsuit or a criminal conviction rendered in one state shall be recognized and enforced in any other state, so long as the original judgment was reached by due process of law. Each state has a process for obtaining an enforceable judgment based on a "foreign" (out-of-state) judgment.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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