Precedent Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Precedent, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Precedent?

It is a judgement or a decision taken by an appeal court in some previous case, which would form a basis of all similar cases or trials in the future.A lower court must follow a precedent (also called stare decisis) to ease the trial as they may have ready guidance and example of some prior decisions of similar case.