A written observation, remark, or opinion by a judge to?illustrate or suggest an argument or rule of law not incidental to the case at hand, and which, therefore, although persuasive, is not binding on the judge. Back to the Top
a statement or saying, especially a formal statement of fact, opinion, principle, etc., or of one's will or judgment; a pronouncement; a noteworthy statement, as a formal pronouncement of a principle, proposition, or opinion, or an observation intended or regarded as authoritative.
A statement, remark or observation in a judicial opinion not necessary for the decision of the case. Dictum differs from the holding in that it is not binding on the courts in future cases. Pg. 232 text. Barron's pg. 143.
Dictum is a statement by a court on a question that may be related to, but is not strictly essential to, the decision. When a court issues an opinion on a question that is essential to the decision, this constitutes the holding, which must be applied to the present case and to future cases. Dictum, on the other hand, is not legally binding in future cases. (See also "Holding").
a dogmatic assertion, invaluable to priests and preachers who would control people's ways of thinking and behaving but not something that anyone should respect, occult or otherwise, unless it is based on sound evidence
In common law legal terminology a dictum (plural dicta) is any statement that forms a part of the judgment of a court, in particular a court whose decisions have value as precedent under the doctrine of stare decisis.