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By Eva Steiner

This paintings bargains with the temporal influence of judicial judgements and extra particularly, with the trouble attributable to the retroactive operation of overruling judgements. through a jurisprudential and comparative research, the booklet explores a number of matters created by way of the overruling of previous decisions.

Overruling of previous judgements, while it happens, operates retrospectively with the impact that it infringes the primary of felony sure bet via frightening any prior preparations made via a celebration to a case lower than lengthy status precedents verified formerly by way of the courts. in this account, within the fresh prior, a couple of jurisdictions have needed to care for the chance of introducing of their personal structures the well-established US perform of potential overruling wherein the court docket may possibly announce prematurely that it'll swap the suitable rule or interpretation of the guideline yet just for destiny circumstances. in spite of the fact that, adopting potential overruling increases a sequence of concerns quite often concerning the constitutional limits of the judicial functionality coupled through the sensible problems attendant upon this type of perform. This ebook solutions some of the questions raised through this custom. It uses the nice reservoir of overseas criminal adventure that furnishes theoretical and sensible rules from which nationwide judges could draw their wisdom and suggestion with a view to have the capacity to suggest a rational approach to facing time once they provide their decisions.

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To paraphrase Cardozo (1921): We will not help out the man who has trusted to the judgment of some inferior court. he knows that he has taken a chance, which caution often might have avoided. 40 Degrees in Prospective Effect According to Category of Cases As indicated above, a first attempt towards systematization consists in distinguishing between different fields of law. 41 They are now considered in turn. Criminal Cases In the area of criminal law there should be identical limits that constrain new legislation and change in judicial interpretation.

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Reasons Not to Follow a Precedent A court may be justified in refusing to follow a precedent if there was a severe defect in the original authority. This means more than that the previous decision must have been wrong. 95 This defect entitled the later judge to refuse to follow it. 1ı , Bunreacht na hÉireann 1937 (Ireland). 92 The State (Quinn) v Ryan [1965] IR 70, 120 (IESC). 93 Irish Trust Bank Ltd v Central Bank of Ireland [1976–7] ILRM 50, 53 (IEHC). 94 Geasley v DPP [2009] IECCA 22, para 43 (IECCA).

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