judicial discretion
judicial discretion n: discretion(a)

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

judicial discretion
A judge's power to make decisions based on fairness or a weighing of the facts and circumstances, particularly in cases where a party requesting relief or a benefit has no automatic or clearcut legal right to it.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


judicial discretion
n. Of matters left within the personal choice of a judge, not to be reviewed or overruled by a higher court.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

judicial discretion
n.
   the power of the judge to make decisions on some matters without being bound by precedent or strict rules established by statutes. On appeal a higher court will usually accept and confirm decisions of trial judges when exercising permitted discretion, unless capricious, showing a pattern of bias, or exercising discretion beyond his/her authority.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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