declaratory judgment
declaratory judgment see judgment 1a

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

declaratory judgment
noun affirmation, announcement, declaration, enunciation, judgment of the court, nonexecutionary judgment

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


declaratory judgment
n.
A judgment issued by a court in which it determines the legal rights of the parties or expresses an opinion on the law but does not award a remedy; also called declaratory relief. See also advisory opinion

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


declaratory judgment
A court decision in a civil case that tells the parties what their rights and responsibilities are, without awarding damages or ordering them to do anything. Courts are usually reluctant to hear declaratory judgment cases, preferring to wait until there has been a measurable loss. But especially in cases involving important constitutional rights, courts will step in to clarify the legal landscape. For example, many cities regulate the right to assemble by requiring permits to hold a parade. A disappointed applicant who thinks the decision-making process is unconstitutional might hold his parade anyway and challenge the ordinance after hes cited; or he might ask a court beforehand to rule on the constitutionality of the law. By going to court, the applicant may avoid a messy confrontation with the city — and perhaps a citation, as well.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


declaratory judgment
n. Order rendered by a court which establishes rights between parties where there is uncertainty, usually as to a written contract or document. Does not generally result in award of damages, only determination by Court as to meaning or obligations.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


declaratory judgment
Statutory remedy for the determination of a justiciable controversy where the plaintiff is in doubt as to his or her legal rights. A binding adjudication of the rights and status of litigants even though no consequential relief is awarded.

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


declaratory judgment
I
Statutory remedy for the determination of a justiciable controversy where the plaintiff is in doubt as to his or her legal rights. A binding adjudication of the rights and status of litigants even though no consequential relief is awarded.
II A statutory remedy for judicial determination of a controversy where plaintiff is in doubt about his legal rights.

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

declaratory judgment
n.
   a judgment of a court which determines the rights of parties without ordering anything be done or awarding damages. While this borders on the prohibited "advisory opinion," it is allowed to nip controversies in the bud. Examples: a party to a contract may seek the legal interpretation of a contract to determine the parties' rights, or a corporation may ask a court to decide whether a new tax is truly applicable to that business before it pays it.
   See also: declaratory relief

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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