strict scrutiny
strict scru·ti·ny n: the highest level of judicial scrutiny that is applied esp. to a law that allegedly violates equal protection in order to determine if it is narrowly tailored to serve a compelling state interest see also intermediate 2, rational basis test

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

strict scrutiny
n.
A test that courts apply to determine the constitutionality of statutes that classify people by type (such as race or national origin) in ways that affect fundamental rights, in which the government has the burden of proving that there is a compelling state interest served by the classification and that the classification is the only way of achieving that purpose.

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


strict scrutiny
A legal standard to determine the constitutionality of a statute, used when the statute implicates a fundamental right or relates to a suspect classification under the equal protection clause (such as race). To determine if a statute passes the test, a court considers whether the government has a compelling interest in creating the law, whether the statute is "narrowly tailored" to meet the government's objectives, and whether there are less restrictive means of accomplishing the same thing. (See also: rational basis)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


strict scrutiny
n. The standard used to determine whether a classification of a group of persons (such as a racial group) or a fundamental right (such as the right to vote) violates due process and equal protection rights under the United States Constitution. Strict scrutiny is used to establish whether there is a compelling need that justifies the law being enacted.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


strict scrutiny
A standard of judicial review for a challenged policy in which the court presumes the policy to be invalid unless the government can demonstrate a compelling interest to justify the policy.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


strict scrutiny
A standard of judicial review for a challenged policy in which the court presumes the policy to be invalid unless the government can demonstrate a compelling interest to justify the policy.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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