adjudication

After a long court trial, the judge reviews all the evidence to come to a conclusion about a case and that process is called adjudication.

Adjudication comes from the Old French ajugier meaning "to judge, pass judgment on." An adjudication results in a formal judgment or decision given by a court. Often these adjudications lead to the making of history, like the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka trial in which the process of adjudication resulted in a decision that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional.

Definitions of adjudication
  1. noun
    the final judgment in a legal proceeding; the act of pronouncing judgment based on the evidence presented
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    type of:
    assessment, judgement, judgment
    the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event
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