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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Judicial Discretion

David Clark

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 January 2021

Subject(s):
Administration of justice — Judicial review of executive action — Judicial review of legislation — Judicial independence — Judicial power — Judicial review — Judicial decisions

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 Discretion is a leeway within a legal framework that allows a judge or a court a choice between legal alternatives (Klatt 506; Barak 7; Pattenden 1). The concept may be expressed by the word discretion (Art. 64 Code of Civil Procedure (Japan); Art. 267.5 Criminal Procedure Law (Mong); s 26 Federal High Court Act: 13 April 1973 (Nigeria) or its equivalent in other languages (eg Ermessen in German) (Art. 609 Code of Civil Procedure (Austria); Art. 1667 Civil Code (Ger); Art. 149(3) Code of Criminal Procedure (Ger); Art. 4. Civil Code (Switz)). 2 Apart from express...
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