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abstention doctrine


Definitions of abstention doctrine

  • the principle that a court may request to refuse to hear a case if hearing that case might intrude on the power of another court

    "Rivkin ruled that when something as important as free speech rights are at issue, the various abstention doctrines should not apply."

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