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stare decisis
(pronounced ster-ay dih-si-ses) A common law doctrine under which judges are obligated to follow the precedents established in prior decisions.
administrative agency
A federal, state, or local government agency established to perform a specific function. Administrative agencies are authorized by legislative acts to make and enforce rules to administer and enforce the acts.
administrative law
The body of law created by administrative agencies (in the form of rules, regulations, orders, and decisions) in order to carry out their duties and responsibilities.
allege
To state, recite, assert, or charge.
analogy
In logical reasoning, an assumption that if two things are similar in some respects, they will be similar in other respects also. Often used in legal reasoning to infer the appropriate application of legal principles in a case being decided by referring to previous cases involving different facts but considered to come within the policy underlying the rule.
appellant
The party who takes an appeal from one court to another.
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