conclusion of law

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Conclusion of law refers to a decision made by a judge regarding a question of law. A conclusion of law determines what laws and how the laws apply to a particular case. These decisions often determine the outcome of a case, and they are usually the basis for review on appeal. A conclusion of law is to be contrasted with a conclusion of fact which can be made by a judge or jury. Sometimes the distinctions between a question of law and fact are not clear because an issue may involve elements or questions of both. 

[Last updated in June of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]