Friday, January 19, 2018

Quick Tip: Judgment or Judgement?

small_43512821Among the most inconsistently spelled words in legal writing is judgment. It is often spelled as “judgment” or “judgement”; sometimes as both within the same law review article or court opinion.

According to Bryan Garner, “[j]udgment is the preferred spelling in [American English] and in British legal texts.” Bryan A. Garner, Garner’s Modern American Usage 490 (2009) [Amazon Link]. A quick Lexis search appears to support this statement by yielding 1,155,822 results for “summary judgment,” while only 20,685 results for “summary judgement.” Also, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure embrace the “judgment” spelling. See, e.g., Fed R. Civ. P. 12(c) (“Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings” (emphasis added)).

In conclusion, the modern trend dictates that in legal writing—whether in the United States or the United Kingdom—”judgment” should be used.

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Disclaimer: The statements and views expressed in this posting are my own and do not reflect those of my law firm. They are intended for general informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice or a legal opinion.


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