from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An established course for judicial proceedings or other governmental activities designed to safeguard the legal rights of the individual.
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- n. A legal concept where a person is ensured all legal rights when deprived of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for a given reason.
- n. The limits of laws and legal proceedings, so as to ensure a person fairness, justice and liberty.
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- n. (law) the administration of justice according to established rules and principles; based on the principle that a person cannot be deprived of life or liberty or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards
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That had ultimately led to England’s unique unwritten constitution, from which in Daniel Boorstin’s summary trial by jury, due process of law, representation before taxation, habeas corpus, freedom from attainder, the independence of the judiciary, and the rights of free speech were all derived.
Washington Legislative Office, said it "turns the whole notion of due process on its head."
Moreover, while much of the Constitution’s language is clear and can be strictly applied, our understanding of many of its most important provisions-like the due process clause and the equal protection clause-has evolved greatly over time.
The beginning of this due process is first the charge on oath,