memorandum decision
memorandum decision n: a document produced by the court stating a present or intended decision usu. previously announced from the bench without an accompanying opinion

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

memorandum decision
A single, very brief paragraph setting out a court's decision in a case. A memorandum decision does not usually include the court's reasons for reaching its result; those details may appear later in a comprehensive written opinion.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


memorandum decision
A court's decision that gives the ruling (what it decides and orders done), but no opinion (reasons for the decision).

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


memorandum decision
A court's decision that gives the ruling (what it decides and orders done), but no opinion (reasons for the decision).

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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