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- n. any court whose decisions can be appealed to a higher court
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In a case where a group of Latino employees at Avis Rent A Car was subjected to repeated racial slurs in the workplace by another employee, the lower court found that Avis, in allowing this to go on, had created a hostile environment.
Western Europe, because of the wide dissemination of the Code Napoléon, but Spanish law (which has influ - enced South America) provides that a lower court is obliged to follow a principle expressed in two judg - ments of the highest court.
However, subject to possible qualifications with regard to precedents of the Bundesverfassungs - gericht (“Constitutional Court”), in Germany no higher court's decision in theory binds a lower court in a subsequent case, and no court is precluded from over - ruling its own decisions.