Entering judgments

Definition of Entering judgments

The formal entry of the judgment on the rolls or records (e.g. civil docket) of the court, which is necessary before bringing an appeal or an action on the judgment. The entering of judgment is a ministerial act performed by the clerk of court by means of which permanent evidence of judicial act in rendering judgment is made a record of the court. Knox v. Long, 152 Tex. 291, 257 S.W.2d 289, 291. Under some statutes or court rules, the entering consists merely in the filing of a judgment with the clerk, while under others the entry of a judgment consists in the recording of it in the judgment book or civil docket. Fed.R.Civil P. 55, 58, 79.

The "entry” of a judgment consists in recording of it in the judgment book, and there can be no record of a judgment until so entered. Wilson v. Los Angeles County Emp. Ass’n, 127 Cal.App.2d 285, 273 P.2d 824, 828.

Entry of judgment differs from rendition of judgment. “Rendition” of a judgment is the judicial act of the court in pronouncing the sentence of the law upon the facts in controversy. The “entry” is a ministerial act, which consists in entering upon the record a statement of the final conclusion reached by the court in the matter, thus furnishing external and incontestable evidence of the sentence given, and designed to stand as a perpetual memorial of its action.

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