Judicial-activism definitions

Judicial lawmaking that exceeds the proper exercise of judicial authority, especially when concerned with matters ordinarily addressed by a legislature.
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A usually pejorative phrase implying that a judge is applying his or her own political views, rather than basing decisions on law or prior precedent.
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(law, pejorative) The act of replacing an impartial interpretation of existing law with the judge's personal feelings about what the law should be.
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