Judgment and Judgment Dates

Editors assigned twenty-one general or specific judgments in legal cases. Where possible, the editors grouped judgments that have different names but have the same results. For example: they grouped the judgments “dismissed, stricken, quashed, vacated and abated.” Similarly, “decided for the defendant/against petitioner” have the same result. Most judgments are self-explanatory, but a few have a more precise legal definition. The Glossary includes some judgment definitions. A few judgments developed by the editors are specific to this work and are descriptive rather than legal in nature. For example, because some cases do not have enough extant documentation to determine the judgment, the editors have indicated “unknown" judgment. Also, they identified some judgments that provided for different results for some of the litigants as “divided.” Some judgments are specific to particular courts, such as reversed and remanded in appellate courts. (See Pleading and Practice for more information.)

The editors have recorded the date of a final judgment in a case as the term and year in which the court rendered the final judgment.