Origin of res judicataL, thing decided
nounpl. res ju·di·ca·tae,
- The principle that a decision by a competent court in a case fully and fairly litigated is final and conclusive as to the claims and issues of the parties and cannot be relitigated.
- A claim or issue that has been decided under this principle.
Origin of res judicataLatin rēs iūdicāta thing decided rēs thing iūdicāta feminine past participle of iūdicāre to judge
(plural res judicatae)
- (law) An issue that is before a court, has already been decided by another court, and that therefore must be dismissed by the current court.
From Latin rÄ“s (“thing, matter, affair") iÅ«dicata, past participle of iÅ«dico (“judge")
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