Definition of Adjudicate
To adjudicate means to hear and settle a case, conflict or dispute through a judicial procedure. The adjudication process is a legally-binding judgment, and the stipulations and demands of the judgment are legally upheld by a local or federal governing body. Adjudication generally is used to resolve disputes over money or non-violent violations.
Adjudication is generally used in the following types: disputes between private parties, such as individual citizens or corporations who possess a legal personality, disputes between public officials and private parties, and disputes between public bodies and public officials.
The adjudication process is generally quicker and less expensive than a civil trial, although it is generally thought to be less thorough than a jury trial. The adjudicator is not considered a mediator, although both parties in the adjudication process must comply with the terms of the settlement or punishments for the case, and all agreements area legally binding.