Authorities Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Authorities.

Authorities (noun)

  1. In a legal context, 'authorities' refers to the sources of law that are used as a basis or reference to support or justify a legal position or argument. These authorities may include court decisions, statutes, regulations, and legal texts.

  2. They are the existing legal rules, principles, or precedents set by previous legal cases, laws, legal experts, or governing bodies. They provide guidance and serve as an example for resolving similar current or future situations or disputes.

  3. 'Authorities' are used to determine the legality or validity of a position, action, or interpretation in law by providing a standard or benchmark.