Stare Decisis Doctrine: Definition & Example Cases


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The United States Supreme Court issues a court ruling that taxes are unconstitutional. What is it called when this decision becomes a rule for other courts?

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1. What type is our American law system?

2. Which of the following is a true statement about precedent?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Why do courts reference previous rulings? This quiz and corresponding worksheet will gauge your knowledge of the stare decisis doctrine. Topics on the quiz include the characteristics of the American law system.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Where the Supreme Court's ruling is binding
  • Characteristics of a precedent
  • Rule instructing courts to follow previous decisions

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding where the Supreme Court's ruling is binding and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related business law lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of the American law system

Additional Learning

To learn more about what serves as one of our legal guiding lights, review the corresponding lesson titled Stare Decisis Doctrine: Definition & Example Cases. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand the legal application of stare decisis
  • Identify the role of precedents in the court system
  • Describe a common law system
  • Explain when a court might go against previous rulings
  • Appreciate the difference between precedents and stare decisis