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The settlement of a dispute by the declaration of a court. For example, a court adjudicates a lawsuit when it decides which party, if either, wins, and whether or how much money to award. What distinguishes adjudication is the fact that it involves a court. See also: Arbitration.


A formal declaration by a court,addressing all issues raised by the parties.

Example: The court's adjudication declared the seller in default, ordered the seller to execute a deed to the buyer, and further assessed attorney's fees and costs against the seller.

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Many employers now ask if an applicant has been a defendant in a criminal proceeding regardless of adjudication or inquire whether an applicant has ever entered a plea of guilty or no contest or a determination by a court has been made in a case where the applicant was a defendant.
Adjudication was intended to allow disputes to be resolved quickly.
It is the fourth adjudication hearing Cleveland Bridge has had, and the amount Multiplex has been ordered to pay the company now totals over pounds 4.
32) Juvenile adjudications do not seek and are not meant to establish guilt or innocence, but rather to determine what is in the best interest of each child.
Indeed I took part in Radio 4's PM saying much the same as I have just written, but the Home Office Minister, Lord Falconer, informed us that 'advice' had been sought about adjudications and that that advice had suggested that the system was fair.
2 million cases eligible for mediation means that more than 900,000 cases might be settled without involving the courts in full adjudication.
This trend is heightened by the fact that adjudications are tending to get bigger and more complex and take longer to complete.
Another consequence of this willingness to start adjudication at an early stage is also reflected in the number of adjudications which are settled by the parties before the adjudicator has to make a decision.
Article 39 thus took aim at adjudications outside the courts--what civilian commentators would call "extralegal" adjudication and what we would call administrative adjudication.
The rise in the number of adjudications has come at a time when prisons across England and Wales are struggling to overcome problems caused by a growing prisoner population, chronic overcrowding and cuts of almost 40% to frontline staffing.
Punishments for prisoners given at adjudications can range from loss of canteen access to solitary confinement or extra days of imprisonment, and the report also revealed violence and self-injury in prisons are at their highest levels in a decade.