Obiter Dictum

February 25, 2010

It was the height of flattery to receive a letter of acceptance to law school with a personal inscription on it today. Written in pen at the bottom of the page, in neat but friendly block letters:

“I enjoyed your blog! The Obiter will be looking out for you.”

This from the Dean of Osgood University.

The Obiter is a law school newspaper at Osgoode. An obiter dictum is a remark or observation made by a judge¬†that is included in the body of the court’s opinion but does not form a necessary part of the court’s decision. In more common parlance, it refers to an ‘incidental remark or observartion.’

Say, for example, a brief personal note on the bottom of an official acceptance letter.