505 - Judgment & New Trial

  1. 505.1 - Judgment
  2. 505.2 - Enforcement of Judgment
  3. 505.3 - Motion to Set Aside; Motion to Reinstate / Motion for New Trial

Judgment Upon Jury Verdict

Where a jury has returned a verdict, the judge must announce the verdict in open court, note it in the court’s docket, and render judgment accordingly. The judge may render judgment on the verdict or, if the verdict is contrary to the law or the evidence, judgment notwithstanding the verdict.

Case Tried by Judge

When a case has been tried before the judge without a jury, the judge must announce the decision in open court, note the decision in the court’s docket, and render judgment accordingly.


A judgment must:

  1. Clearly state the determination of the parties’ rights in the case;
  2. State who must pay the costs;
  3. Be signed by the judge; and
  4. Be dated the date of the judge’s signature.


The judge must award costs allowed by law to the successful party.

Judgment for Specific Articles

Where the judgment is for the recovery of specific articles, the judgment must order that the plaintiff recover such specific articles, if they can be found, and if not, then their value as assessed by the judge or jury with interest at the prevailing post-judgment interest rate.