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  1. established by a court, as by an application or interpretation of a law that is allegedly contrary to the intentions of the enacting body or by a decision that does not rest on legislation.
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Historical Examples of judge-made

  • It is not to be inferred from this name that the laws are judge-made.

    The Glories of Ireland

    Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox

  • Thus grew up the system of 'judge-made law,' which was to become a special object of the denunciations of Bentham.

  • One fruitful source of all these evils was the 'judge-made' law, which Bentham henceforth never ceased to denounce.

  • And curiously enough we are dealing most extensively in judge-made law even today.

  • The fact is, blasphemy is a judge-made crime, and the "blasphemer's" fate depends very largely on who tries him.

    Prisoner for Blasphemy

    G. W. [George William] Foote

British Dictionary definitions for judge-made


  1. based on a judge's interpretation or decision (esp in the phrase judge-made law)
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