Legal Terminology: LPI Word of the Month

Stare decisis

In Latin, this translates to “to stand by things decided”. This refers to the principle that where the cases, are similar, a precedent set by a higher court must be followed by a lower court or a court of the same rank. For example, the District Court and the High Court must follow the precedents set by the Court of Appeal. However, the Court of Appeal, being the highest court in Singapore, is not bound by its own precedents.

We do not minimize the role that stare decisis plays in our jurisprudence.

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