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The legal process is difficult to follow and can be incredibly complicated overall. Even if you have a lawyer, you probably still want to understand the legal terms you’ll hear through the process. Alongside all the other terms and concepts you’re going to learn about, one concept you might already be a little familiar with is adjudication.

Adjudication is a term you’ll almost certainly hear in a variety of contexts. Insurance companies, for example, may use the term “adjudication” when referring to the validation of an insurance claim. However, the use of the term is a bit narrower in law, and if you’re currently in court with a claim, you’ll want to know what it means when someone uses the term.

What Is Adjudication?

In its simplest form, adjudication is just a process that utilizes a court judge to resolve issues between parties. It means that a judge can decide a case. The term “adjudication” can mean the steps a court might take toward deciding a case, but it also means the actual decision the judge hands down when you get to the final steps.

What Legal Paths Utilize Adjudication?

In general, an adjudication hearing will involve nonviolent infractions of some type, often cases that result in a distribution of rights and obligations for all parties that were part of the case. That means it’s very common to see adjudication in these situations:

  • Civil suits
  • Nonviolent criminal suits
  • Disagreements between corporations
  • Disagreements between an individual and a public official
  • Disagreements between two public officials or bodies

Many legal paths might utilize adjudication for one reason or another. That’s why it’s such a good idea to learn about adjudication and make sure you’re doing it accurately. That way, you can know what you’re getting yourself into and how to judge it most effectively.

What Are the Options Outside of Adjudication?

There may be some options outside of adjudication, but often, the court decides the options based on the type of case you’re filing. However, if your case doesn’t go through the adjudication process, it will likely instead go through one of these options:

  • Criminal court
  • Settling out of court
  • Going through private arbitration

Although there might not be a significant variety of opportunities through the court system, the smaller number of opportunities shouldn’t dissuade you from filing a suit if you’re having a problem. After all, through adjudication, you can pursue a conclusion that will help you and the party you’re bringing into adjudication come to an agreement.

How Can I Use Enformion in Adjudication?

One of the biggest ways to use Enformion in adjudication is during the notification process. Requirements include that you give notice to all legally interested parties, and it can be hard to give notification to a party if you don’t know their address. When you use Enformion, you can run a people search and find out a lot of information about a person, including their address. That way, you can serve them a notice letting them know about your adjudication, which will satisfy your legal requirement to notify the other party. If you’re getting ready for adjudication, Enformion can help.