Res judicata

A latin phrase meaning 'a thing ajudged'

Res Judicata means that, once a Court has made a decision on a case, the same parties are not able to raise the issue by further proceedings or during the process of other proceedings.

It is a way of finalising events in litigation. A litigant will not normally be able to argue the same case against the same person in another action regardless of whether or not the case was won or lost. A litigant can appeal, but once a final judgment has been made res judicata prevents the same litigant bringing another case against the same party for the same cause of action.



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