Dicta Law and Legal Definition

The Latin term “dicta” is generally used as an abbreviated form of obiter dicta, a term describing those portions of a judicial opinion incidental or not necessary to resolution of the specific question before the court. They are a judge’s expression of opinion on a point other than the precise issue involved in determining a case. Dicta are not considered to be binding precedent and are regarded as of little authority, on account of the manner in which they are delivered.