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Judicial Review

Legal Definition and Related Resources of Judicial Review

Meaning of Judicial Review

Generally, the phrase denotes the power of Superior Courts to review the decisions and proceedings of inferior courts. However, the phrase has now specifically come to denote that jurisdiction of the superior courts whereby it issues the prerogative writs of mandamus , prohibition , certiorari and habeas corpus . These are called extraordinary remedies . See Certiorari, Habeas Corpus, Mandamus, Prohibition and quo warranto .

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Browse or run a search for Judicial Review in the American Encyclopedia of Law, the Asian Encyclopedia of Law, the European Encyclopedia of Law, the UK Encyclopedia of Law or the Latin American and Spanish Encyclopedia of Law.

Judicial Review in Historical Law

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United States Constitutional Meaning of Judicial Review

The power of a court to review legislation or other governmental acts, including the acts of administrative agencies. The term is used especially for court review to determine whether an act is in conformance with the Constitution.

Judicial Review in the law of the United States

Judicial Review: Related U.S. Resources

See Also

Judicial Activism (Judicial Function) Judicial Self-Restraint (Judicial Function) Statutory Construction (Judicial Function).


See Also

  • Law Dictionaries.
  • Supreme Court.

    Activism, Judicial; Bill of Rights, U.S.; Electoral College; Judiciary; Supreme Court, U.S.

    Due Process of Law; Separation of Powers; Supreme Court of the United States.

  • Further Reading

    Dionne, E. J., Jr., and William Kristol, eds. Bush v. Gore: The Court Cases and the Commentary. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 2001.

    Ely, John Hart. Democracy and Distrust: A Theory of Judicial Review. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1980.

    Perry, Michael J. The Constitution, the Courts, and Human Rights: An Inquiry into the Legitimacy of Constitutional Policymaking by the Judiciary. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1982.

    Presser, Stephen B. Recapturing the Constitution: Race, Religion, and Abortion Reconsidered. Lanham, Md.: National Book Network, 1994.

    Wolfe, Christopher. The Rise of Modern Judicial Review: From Constitutional Interpretation to Judge-Made Law. New York: Basic Books, 1986.

    Wood, Gordon S. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1969.

    Stephen B.Presser

    Clinton, Robert Lowry. 1994. Game Theory, Legal History, and the Origins of Judicial Review: A Revisionist Analysis of Marbury v. Madison. American Journal of Political Science 38: 285-302.

    Epstein, Lee, and Thomas G. Walker. 2004. Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Rights, Liberties, and Justice. 5th ed. Washington DC: CQ Press.

    Haskins, George L., and Herbert Johnson. 1981. Foundations of Power: John Marshall, 1801-1815. New York: Macmillan.

    Holmes, Oliver Wendell. 1897. The Path of the Law. Harvard Law Review 10: 457.

    The Supreme Court of the United States: Its Beginnings and its Justices, 1790-1991. 1992. Washington, DC: Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution.

    Isaac Unah

    Judicial review in Law Enforcement

    Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of judicial review.


    See Also

    • Law Enforcement Officer
    • Police Work
    • Law Enforcement Agency

    Further Reading

    Meaning of Judicial Review in the U.S. Legal System

    Definition of Judicial Review published by the National Association for Court Management: The authority of a court to review the official actions of other branches of government. Also, the authority to declare unconstitutional the actions of other branches.

    Definition of Marbury V. Madison (1803)

    In relation to social issues, a meaning of marbury v. madison (1803) is provided here: case in which the United States Supreme Court held that it had the power of judicial review over acts of Congress.

    Judicial Review (Judicial Function)

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