What is Adjudication? - Definition, Process & Services

What is Adjudication? - Definition, Process & Services
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Instructor: Jessica Schubert

Jessica is a practicing attorney and has taught law and has a J.D. and LL.M.

Learn what constitutes adjudication. Review the definition of adjudication. Examine the adjudication process and review the services available for an adjudication. Then test your knowledge with a quiz!

Definition of Adjudication

Have you ever had a time where you and a friend just could not agree on something, like a news headline or a movie you both saw? Sometimes these minor disputes can turn into major arguments where you feel like you need someone to step in and decide the issue for both of you. When this 'someone' steps in, it is known as adjudication, and that person is the adjudicator of the issue.

Adjudication basically constitutes various ways that decisions are made by a neutral third party. Usually, the third party has the authority to make a binding decision. There can be different types of adjudication (which will be discussed in a second), but many people refer to adjudication as the resolution of litigation or other conflicts which is done in a court by a judge.


Since court-based adjudication is the most popular form of adjudication, let's review this process.

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