What happens at the rendition of judgment?

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After all the evidence has been presented and all the witnesses heard, the judge will call an end to the oral argument. He or she will then set a date for the rendition of judgment. At this hearing the judge will read from the main text of the judgment deciding the outcome of the case. The judgment should include what facts were alleged by the parties and the reason for the judgment among other things. A copy of the judgment is delivered to both parties. Even though the judgment will decide the winner and loser of the lawsuit, usually a judgment is not enforceable immediately. The losing party is given a chance to appeal the judgment by arguing for another court to review the case again. However, if the losing party fails to take advantage of this opportunity within the time limit, the judgment becomes final and binding.

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