Similarly, Samuel Alito testified to the Senate that the doctrine of stare decisis is "a fundamental part of our legal system."
stare decisis is, after all, the bedrock principle of the rule of law.
Moreover the common law insists upon its doctrine of stare decisis chiefly in the two cases of property and commercial law.
stare decisis was a maxim that did not trouble the average lawyer, for there were few decisions to stand upon.
the principle in common law of adhering to precedent when deciding a legal case
Latin 'decided matters'
law; v phr 'to be bound by precedents'
Latin, literally "to stand by things decided."