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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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The beauty of justice in the fields, or sur les lieux contentieux, rested in more than just the rhyme; it allowed a Jp, accompanied by unpaid but often expert assessors, to adjudicate a case quickly, inexpensively, [72] and seemingly fairly.
GAO focused its review on (1) how often USCIS adjudicates naturalization applications without an A-file and why, (2) the effect that missing A-files can have on the adjudication process, and (3) steps taken to help mitigate the risk of missing A-files.
Indeed, the number of courts and prosecutors needed to adjudicate every juvenile case would be staggering.
Kelly, NCTM, retired from Arkansas State University, where he was a professor of music and coordinator of keyboard activities, continues to perform, teach, adjudicate and present lectures.