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- A judicial decision; the determination of a court; a court's sentence or decision on the major question in a proceeding.
- Default Judgment
- A judgment obtained where the defendant fails to defend against the plaintiff or applicant's claim.
- Summary Judgment
- In civil or family law matters, a motion for a final order without a trial on the basis that there is no genuine issue for trial because the evidence favouring one of the parties is overwhelming.
- Judgment Creditor
- In civil cases, a person who is owed money under a court judgment or order. The term "recipient" is used in support enforcement cases.
- Judgment Debtor
- In civil cases, a person who owes money under a court judgment or order. The term "payor" is used in support enforcement cases.