Binding precedent

Binding precedent

Judicial precedent that must be applied and followed known precedent binding. According to the principle of Stare decisis – or already passed – the lower courts must adhere to the legal consequences of the Supreme Court. For example, in federal and state courts in America, the jurisdiction usually divided geographically between the respective local courts follow the arbitrator regional appeal. And all the courts of appeal in turn a higher court. Thus the lower court decisions do not apply to higher courts, as well as the decisions of the courts of appeal do not apply only to the geographic scope of the local courts. Which means that the lower courts will be bound by the decisions issued by the Supreme Court on similar issues in the facts and issues, unless there is a strong reason why to change those decisions.