Legal Definition and Related Resources of Merits

Meaning of Merits

The real or substantial, as opposed to extraneous or technical , elements of a controversy . The real or substantial grounds of action or defense .

Merits Alternative Definition

The strict legal rights of the parties, as distinguished from matters of practice and matters resting in the diaoietion of the court. 4 How. Pr. (N. Y.) 839 Id. 432; 2 Daly (N. Y.) 208. A cause of action or defense on the merits is one resting on matters of substance, not on form or technicality. See 12 Wis. 588. A judgment on the merits is one decisive of some strictly legal right of the party. 12 Minn. 357; 26 S. C. 119.

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, Counterclaim, Dilatory Pleas, Judgment On Merits, Material, Order, , Responsive, Special Demurrer.


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English Spanish Translation of Merits

Fundamento, méritos

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Meaning of Merits in Spanish

Description/ translation of merits into Spanish: fondo; decision “on the merits”: decisión sobre el fondo (la que se pronuncia sobre la acusación, en contraposición a la que resuelve sobre cuestiones preliminares – competencia – u otros aspectos puramente formales, por ejemplo, idoneidad del Jurado)[1]

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  1. Translation of Merits published by Antonio Peñaranda






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