To ensure the stability of legal proceedings and their completion within a reasonable time frame, court decisions need to be final and conclusive. A judgment having the value of res judicata because of the absence of a right of appeal, the expiry of time limits for motions in appeal, or the exhaustion of all possible remedies, by definition reflects the truth and as such must be respected—or if need be, enforced. In other words, the parties will be precluded from raising the same issue before a court of law.1 Though they may not be satisfied with the result,...
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