Unformatted text preview: its members have a personal interest in a case. A legal principle known as "the rule of necessity" can require the court to hear a case and make a decision. Under the rule of necessity, it is more important for a court of last resort to decide a case—even when burdened with a conflict of interest—than to leave litigating parties in limbo by failing to render a decision. Judges in that situation must set aside all personal interest and rule with complete neutrality. The rule of necessity is applied in federal as well as state courts....
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- Spring '07
- Supreme Court of the United States, State supreme court, Martin v. Hunter's Lessee