Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
The outcome of a proceeding before a judge, arbitrator, government agency, or other legal tribunal. Decision is a general term often used interchangeably with the terms judgment or opinion. But to be precise, a judgment is the written form of the courts decision in the clerks minutes or notes, and an opinion is a document setting out the reasons for reaching the decision.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:14 pm