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Judgments   |   Introduction to judgments
The judgments database contains the full text of all Constitutional Court judgments, summaries of judgments, court orders, heads of argument, pleadings and other documents.

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Judgments contain the Court's reasons for reaching a verdict. One judge will be assigned to write the judgment in a case, but others may write dissenting judgments (if they disagree with the majority decision) or concurring judgments (if they follow a different line of reasoning in reaching the same decision).

The Constitutional Court also prepares media summaries of every judgment the court hands down. These summaries, which are mainly intended to help the media, highlight the main questions of law decided in each case.

Heads of argument are prepared by legal teams to set out their arguments in a clear and convincing way. Heads of argument generally indicate the name and number of the case, a description of the parties, the background facts, the legal questions that arise, the applicable law and a conclusion.

A pleading is used by parties in a civil suit to set out the facts and points of law relevant to their case. A court order is the instruction a court issues to one or both of the parties to a dispute - usually to do or to refrain from doing something - after hearing a case.

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