Judicandum Est Legibus Non Exemplis Law and Legal Definition

The maxim judicandum est legibus, non exemplis means we should judge by the laws, not precedents. It signifies that judgments should be given according to the laws, rather than precedents. Precedents may or may not speak the law. [Humphreys v. Allen, 101 Ill. 490, 506 (Ill. 1882)].