According to the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School, a court judgment is any court order that determines the rights and obligations of each party regarding the disputed issues. The possibility of immediate appeal to a higher court often depends on whether an order is a judgement.
The Legal Information Institute provides definitions of several types of judgments. A court can enter a judgment as a matter of law during a jury trial when it finds that evidence for a contrary conclusion is not legally sufficient and that no reasonable jury could decide differently. A judge can also rule in favor of a particular party even if the jury decided differently; such a ruling is known as a judgment notwithstanding the verdict.