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Are there any hard and fast rules as to how to assign relative importance of one authority over another in formulating a psak halacha? For example if the Rambam and the Rashba argue over a specific halacha to whom would a posek give more credence and on what basis? Are there blanket generalities or would we, for example favor the Rambam in hilchos Shabbos and the Rashba in shechita?

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"Are there blanket generalities or would we, for example favor the Rambam in hilchos Shabbos and the Rashba in shechita?" or maybe every case is different? –  Double AA May 27 '13 at 4:15
    
there are many "Klalei HaPoskim" that I've never learned. Here are some that may interest you: hebrewbooks.org/41687 hebrewbooks.org/41179 hebrewbooks.org/38189 hebrewbooks.org/32530 –  Menachem May 28 '13 at 3:55
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