on the merits
adv.
Based on the facts of a case and the rights of the parties involved.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


on the merits
Referring to a judgment, decision, or ruling of a court based upon the facts presented in evidence and the law applied to that evidence.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

on the merits
adj.
   referring to a judgment, decision or ruling of a court based upon the facts presented in evidence and the law applied to that evidence. A judge decides a case "on the merits" when he/she bases the decision on the fundamental issues and considers technical and procedural defenses as either inconsequential or overcome. Example: An attorney is two days late in filing a set of legal points and authorities in opposition to a motion to dismiss. Rather than dismiss the case based on this technical procedural deficiency, the judge considers the case "on the merits" as if this mistake had not occurred.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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