Judicial Activism

A judicial philosophy advocating that courts are allowed to take an active role to remedy alleged wrongs in society. What exactly constitutes judicial activism, however, always depends on one's perspective.  What feels to conservatives like judicial activism on the Affordable Care Act and the gay marriage rulings for instance - feels just to progressives.  However, when the same court ruled on voting rights, liberals see judicial activism at play.  This is also called "Legislating from the bench."

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