EnglishShow more Special sense of general English recuse to reject, renounce (a person, his authority etc.); to object to as prejudiced.
1.Law.a.To disqualify oneself from office because of a conflict of interest.b.Of a court: to declare a conflict of interest (and thus an inability to reach a verdict).
Also a legal term in U.S. English.
1960J.J.L. SissonS. Afr. Judicial Dict. 669Recusation, Once a court has recused itself it becomes functus officio, and cannot then record any verdict.
1968G.I. RaftesathSuppl. to Sisson’s S. Afr. Judicial Dict. 116A magistrate who in his administrative capacity has become aware of all the facts which gave rise to a prosecution, and possibly gave instructions for, or at least approved of, the institution of the prosecution, cannot sit to hear the case, and should recuse himself.
2.transferred sense.To absent oneself from a (committee) meeting for a period, because of a conflict of interest.
1994 M-Net TV 19 June (Carte Blanche)The obligation to recuse oneself rests with the chairman.
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