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Q: Hi! I'd like to ask if court decisions in America are called "Opinions", or they can have some other form?

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: I can't speak for Native American law; there are attorneys on this forum who are knowledgeable in that area. But you're awaiting a response for two weeks. You're correct; the term "opinion" is used as a general matter in U.S. courts. But words can be used loosely within the legal system, and there are many different courts throughout the nation (state, federal & the different tiers within them, specialized courts, arbitration divisions, etc.). Therefore, you might sometimes see the terms "decision," "ruling," "judgment," and others also used at times. Good luck

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