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judicial activism judicial practice based on the belief that courts may play a role in the creation of new policy by broadly interpreting and reinterpreting the language of the Constitution and other laws when doing so best enables the service of justice.
judicial restraint judicial practice based on the belief that courts should not influence the creation of new policy or laws and that they should only interfere with the laws of the legislature when they are deemed clearly unconstitutional.
judicial review the power of a court to review the constitutionality of laws and governmental actions, or the practice of doing so.