- to reject or challenge (a judge or juror) as disqualified to act, especially because of interest or bias.
- to withdraw from a position of judging so as to avoid any semblance of partiality or bias.
Origin of recuse
Examples from the Web for recuse
Doing so makes it unnecessary for judges to decide themselves whether to recuse.
Through letters to the involved parties, she admitted to failing to recuse herself in all five of the cases.
The judge said the royalty payment did not require him to recuse himself, according to 10th Circuit Clerk of Court Betsy Shumaker.
The decision on whether to recuse is ultimately up to the judge.
Cuccinelli has been called on to recuse himself and his office from the case.Virginia Republicans’ One-Two Punch of Financial Scandals
April 2, 2013
Or he may recuse the judge, which should be referred to the Suprema and not to arbiters, who cause much delay.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 3
Henry Charles Lea
Boccaccio must have been a clever fellow to write both argument and story; I am not, et je me recuse.Vailima Letters
Robert Louis Stevenson
- (tr; reflexive) to remove from participation in a court case due to potential prejudice or partiality
Word Origin and History for recuse
late 14c., "to reject another's authority as prejudiced," from Old French recuser (13c.), from Latin recusare "make an objection against; decline, refuse, reject; be reluctant to," from re- (see re-) + causa (see cause (n.)). Specifically, in law, "reject or challenge (a judge or juror) as disqualified to act." The word now is used mostly reflectively. Related: Recused; recusing.