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First Impression

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The initial presentation to, or examination by, a court of a particular QUESTION OF LAW.

A case is labeled of the first impression when it sets forth a completely original issue of law for decision by the court. Such a case cannot be decided by reliance on any existing precedent, law formulated in a prior case decided on a comparable question of law, or similar facts.

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