Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Abrogation or annulment by a higher authority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The abrogation of a law by a higher authority; annulment.
  • n. piece of instrumental music of the eighteenth century similar to the serenade, and often performed out of doors

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of annulling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of annulling, reversing, or canceling; annulment.
  • n. In music, during the eighteenth century, a song or an instrumental piece similar to the serenade, intended for performance in the open air.

Etymologies

Middle English cassatioun, from Old French cassation, from Late Latin cassātiō, cassātiōn-, from cassātus, past participle of cassāre, to annul; see quash1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cassation, from Latin casso ("destroy, annul") (Wiktionary)
Uncertain (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The appeals court, what they call the cassation (ph) panel, has spoken and so the legal process is complete.

    CNN Transcript Dec 27, 2006

  • Those systems typically noe include a constitutional court with powers of cassation, meaning they can strike down certain laws but cannot replace those laws with policies of their own.

    "The Reader" is a law movie.

  • The company said Friday that it has asked the Ecuadorean appellate court to take all steps to suspend enforcement of the judgment until further order of a tribunal in The Hague, including suspension of any requirement that Chevron post a bond to prevent enforcement of the judgment during the cassation appeal.

    Chevron Appeals Ecuadorean Ruling

  • The San Ramon, Calif., company said Friday that the appeal, called a petition for cassation, "details multiple legal grounds for reversal of the January appellate court decision."

    Chevron Appeals Ecuadorean Ruling

  • But it was expected that Knox would leave immediately for the US, and if the court of cassation were to reinstate the decision of the lower court, the authorities would have to seek her extradition.

    Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito cleared of murder

  • Within 90 days, the judges must submit their written verdict and the various parties will then have 45 days in which to take the case to Italy's highest appeals court, the court of cassation.

    Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito cleared of murder

  • The court of cassation decided this did not show Tosi was a racist, but that he had “a deep aversion [to Roma] that was not determined by the Gypsy nature of the people discriminated against, but by the fact that all the Gypsies were thieves”.

    It is acceptable to discriminate against Roma « Isegoria

  • In May of the same year, Kareem lost his last chance in court when his pro bono lawyers submitted a cassation file for revoking the verdict; and in December 2007, the jailed Egyptian Blogger Kareem Amer awarded by RSF & Fondation de France.

    Egypt: A New Call to Free Kareem Amer

  • Le procureur général près la Cour de cassation peut aussi saisir d'office la Cour de justice de la République sur avis conforme de la commission des requêtes.

    Balkinization

  • - La Cour de justice de la République comprend quinze juges: douze parlementaires élus, en leur sein et en nombre égal, par l'Assemblée Nationale et par le Sénat après chaque renouvellement général ou partiel de ces assemblées et trois magistrats du siège à la Cour de cassation, dont l'un préside la Cour de justice de la République.

    Balkinization

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