conscience of the court


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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