memorandum opinion

memorandum opinion

A unanimous appellate opinion that succinctly states the decision of the court; an opinion that briefly reports the court’s conclusion, usu. without elaboration because the decision follows a well-established legal principle or does not relate to any point of law.

¡ª Also termed memorandum decision; memorandum disposition; (slang) memdispo. [Cases: Courts 103, 107. C.J.S. Courts ¡ì¡ì 165, 170, 173¨C176; Criminal Law ¡ì 1665.]


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