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  • Ratio decidendi

    Latin for ‘reasons for deciding’, the ratio decidendi is the part of a judge or justice’s judgment which outlines the reasons for making their decision. It forms the legally binding precedent element of the judgment.

    The ratio decidendi can be contrasted to the obiter dicta, which are comments made separate to the specific matter judgment which are not binding on lower courts.

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