Judgment (law)

the formal decision made by a court following a lawsuit

In law, a judgment is a decision of a court regarding the rights and liabilities of parties in a legal action or proceeding.[1] Judgments also generally provide the court's explanation of why it has chosen to make a particular decision.[2]

The phrase "reasons for judgment" is often used interchangeably with "judgment." The former refers to the court's reasons for arriving at the judgment it did. The latter refers to the final court order.[3] a judgement, whether by a court or a tribunal, is the final part of a court case. The judgement is also called a legal decision.


  1. Black’s Law Dictionary 970 (10th ed. 2014).
  2. Black’s Law Dictionary 970 (10th ed. 2014).
  3. The Courts of British Columbia: Supreme Court, About Judgments (Last accessed March 28, 2015), http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/supreme_court/about_judgments.aspx.