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Case Law - What is Case Law in Special Education?


Updated November 10, 2008

What is Case Law?

What is Case Law?

What is Case Law? Getty
Definition: Case laws are existing decisions in special education disputes. In special education due process hearings, complaints, and civil court matters, investigators, hearing officers, and judges use case laws to guide decisions in comparable cases when state and federal laws are not sufficient to decide the case. Existing case laws may have a binding precedent or a persuasive precedent on special education decisions.

Case law provides guidance to hearing officers, complaint investigators, and court judges in making decisions on related cases.

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