a ruling or decision on a matter that is, typically, not straightforward but that depends upon the judgment or evaluation of someone, as an umpire
(plural judgment calls)
- (sports) A ruling by an umpire, referee, or similar official during a sporting event, based on his or her perception of events and in the absence of any objective measurement.
- Any decision or other determination based on subjective criteria, especially one which takes into account the particular circumstances of a situation.
- (Christianity) The summons which will call the spirits of the deceased to their heavenly reward at the time of Final Judgment.