first impression


first impression
first im·pres·sion n: first consideration or judgment see also case of first impression at case

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

first impression
n.
The first consideration of something, particularly the first time a case appears before a court and presents an entirely new question of law that has never been considered before, and thus has no precedents to guide the decision.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


first impression
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


first impression
The initial presentation to, or examination by, a court of a particular question of law.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


first impression
The initial presentation to, or examination by, a court of a particular question of law.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

first impression
adj.
   referring to a legal issue which has never been decided by an appeals court and, therefore, there is no precedent for the court to follow. To reach a decision the court must use its own logic, analogies from prior rulings by appeals courts and refer to commentaries and articles by legal scholars. In such cases the trial judge usually asks for legal briefs by attorneys for both sides to assist him/her.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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