case of first impression
case of first impression see case 1a

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

case of first impression
A court case that presents a new question or issue for legal interpretation (or at least new within that court's jurisdiction). For example, the question may concern recently passed or rarely used legislation. In making its decision, the court may consider — but is not bound by — decisions from other state or federal courts or commentaries by legal scholars, as well as the arguments and briefs submitted by lawyers in the case.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

case of first impression
n.
   a case in which a question of interpretation of law is presented which has never arisen before in any reported case. Sometimes, it is only of first impression in the particular state or jurisdiction, so decisions from other states or the federal courts may be examined as a guideline.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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