summary judgment(redirected from Summary adjudication of issues)
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Etymology: L, summa, total, jus, law, dicere, to state
(in law) a judgment requested by any party to a civil action to end the action when it is believed that there is no genuine issue or material fact in dispute. Summary judgment may be directed toward part or all of a claim or defense and may be based on the proceedings in court or on affidavits or other outside materials.
n a legal course of action in which a judgment can be made against a defendant without hearing any testimony from said defendant.
n a judgment requested by a party to a civil action to end the action when it is believed that no genuine issue or material fact is in dispute.