Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Reasons Definition:

The legal rationale behind a court's judgment, expressed verbally or in writing.

Related Terms: Judgment

A Court's written or oral reasons - justification or rationale - for issuing an order or judgment; thus, sometimes referred to as reasons for judgment.

In some jurisdictions, notably the United States of America, the term opinion (as in opinion of the court) is preferred to reasons.

In many cases, a court may decline to issue reasons for its orders or judgment.

For examples of cases where reasons are given with judgment, see any of the cited cases at Lloyd Duhaime Cited Cases.


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