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Recuse is defined as to disqualify oneself as a judge
New York State Unified Court System. “Glossary of Legal Terms” (2016)
Recuse means when you remove yourself or are removed from a criminal or civil proceeding because you have a conflict of interest. For example, a judge can recuse himself because someone in the case is a friend or business partner.
California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)
Another definition of recuse is the process by which a judge is disqualified from hearing a case, on his or her own motion or upon the objection of either party.
National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)
The process by which a judge voluntarily disqualifies himself or herself from hearing a case because of a conflict of interest or other good reason.
State Bar of Wisconsin. “News Reporters’ Legal Handbook”, 6th Ed. (2013)