Types of Civil Judgments

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What Is Civil Law?

Civil law allows a plaintiff to recover money for things like non-payment, assault, or medical malpractice. A civil judgment is the outcome of a case if a defendant losses. The specific final judgment, or judgment on the merit, rendered depends on the specific facts of a case.

What is a Summary Judgment?

A summary judgment is a decision based on the merits of the law. The decision is made without a trial. In most case, a plaintiff will file a motion for summary judgment based on some prior law, when the facts aren’t in dispute, or the defendant doesn’t have an adequate defense.

What Is a Judgment Not Withstanding the Verdict?

This is a judgment in favor of one party ordered despite a prior verdict being in favor of the opposing party. The judge overturns a jury’s verdict when the court believes there’s insufficient evident to justify the decision made by the jury.

What Is a Consent Judgment?

A consent judgment, or agreed judgment, is an agreement between parties to resolve the case. Once the decision is made between the parties, the presiding judge will examine and evaluate the agreement. If approved, the judge will approve the consent judgment.

What Is a Default Judgment?

A default judgment is an automatic win for the plaintiff because the defendant didn’t appear in court. In some instances, the court will vacate, or remove, a default judgment and revive the case. This is called vacating a default judgment.

Do I Need an Attorney If I Am Involved in a Court Case?

Yes, contact an attorney if you need help with a court case so you can avoid the type of judgments listed above.

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Last Modified: 02-16-2016 04:41 PM PST

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