Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Intermediate Scrutiny

A legal standard to determine the constitutionality of a statute, when the statute applies to a quasi-suspect classification (such as gender). To determine if a statute passes the test, a court considers whether the statute involves important governmental interests and whether the law is substantially related to the achievement of important government objectives. (See also: strict scrutiny)
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