recusal

[ri-kyoo-zuhl]
noun Law.
the disqualification of a judge for a particular lawsuit or proceeding, especially due to some possible conflict of interest or prejudice.

Origin:
1955–60; recuse + -al2

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recusal

noun
(law) the disqualification of a judge or jury by reason of prejudice or conflict of interest; a judge can be recused by objections of either party or judges can disqualify themselves [syn: recusation
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At the same time, an adverse recusal ruling won't close the door to the misconduct complaint process altogether.
The judge asks what recusal or disclosure responsibilities he/she has, should that law clerk subsequently appear before the judge.
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