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Your Guide to Court Decisions

Your Guide to Court Decisions

A court decision is a resolution or a verdict in a court case.
When a decision is reached, assuming there is no appeal, the defendant will
learn his or her fate in regards to imprisonment for serious issues, or
payments for civil cases.


The court decision will vary in terms of process and length
depending on the complexity of the case and the severity of the act committed.
For instance, in a criminal case, where the subject matter is multi-layered and
requires an in-depth review of all the facts pertinent to the case, the court
decision will take longer than a civil case.


In a criminal case the decision is referred to as a verdict. It
is a formal finding of fact accumulated by a jury after a sound review of all
the intricacies associated with the case. In a criminal case, the verdict or
court decision will either be a “guilty” or “not guilty”
ruling. 


A court decision that yields a “guilty” ruling is typically
followed by a judgment of conviction that is handed down by the judge, which in
turn is followed by a sentencing. The court decision in a criminal case is
essentially a resolution that stems from the jury answering the question
submitted by the judge concerning the case in question.
 


A court decision in a civil case is typically offered following
a quick review of the facts and an observation by the judge of the competing
sides in the case, witness statements, and whatever evidence is available. Upon
review, the court decision is made solely by the judge and the decision is
typically in the form of a monetary settlement or financial agreement of some
sort. 

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