Judgments


Judgment is the final order entered by the court in a civil suit.  Once a judgment is entered the court cannot take further action with respect to the issues contested by the parties to the lawsuit.  However, a final judgment is subject to appeal.  In a civil suit, the judge has the authority to increase or decrease the amount of damages awarded by the jury, or to make some other modifications before entering judgment.  If the defendant refuses to pay the damages awarded to the plaintiff, the plaintiff can seek for an execution of the judgment.  Then the clerk of the court will deliver the execution to the sheriff, commanding him to take and sell the property of the defendant and apply that money to the amount of the judgment.