Babylon 10
The world's best online dictionary

Download it's free

Definition of Hearing on the merits

Hearing on the merits Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
TAO OF DIVORCE A - Z
See Trial; Hearing on the Merits; Evidentiary Hearing
A formal proceeding before a judge who hears testimony under the rules of evidence and makes a final decision relating to the matters presented. All such decisions are with prejudice since they are final adjudications of the matters presented.
In contrast, motions are less formal without adherence to the rules of evidence. They do not result in final adjudication, but only temporary orders. Therefore, they are often without prejudice.
Massachusetts Divorce Law Dictionary
See Trial; Hearing on the Merits; Evidentiary Hearing
A formal proceeding before a judge who hears testimony under the rules of evidence and makes a final decision or judgment relating to the matters presented. All such decisions are with prejudice, since they are final adjudications of the matters presented.