Jurisprudence Constante Law and Legal Definition

Unlike stare decisis, Jurisprudence Constante is a doctrine that does not contemplate adherence to a principle of law announced and applied on a single occasion in the past. However, when, by repeated decisions in a long line of cases, a rule of law has been accepted and applied by the courts. These adjudications assume the dignity of jurisprudence constante; and the rule of law upon which they are based is entitled to great weight in subsequent decisions. Louisiana, courts are not bound by the doctrine of stare decisis, but there is a recognition in this State of the doctrine of jurisprudence constante.