absolvitor

absolvitor

(æbˈsɒlvɪtɔː)
n
a legal decision in favour of the defendant
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One treatise from the nineteenth century put it this way: "The interest of the defender to see that the pursuer has a proper title is obvious; for, otherwise, the discharge granted on payment of the claim may be insufficient, and a decree of absolvitor will not afford a plea of res judicata.
187) They argued that it was a maxim of Scottish law that "no person is bound to answer as a defender in any case, or with any pursuer where an absolvitor will not afford him an exceptio res judicata against a similar process, raised at the instance of any other person.
Defendants too had to have title and interest, although "as every defendant finds in his account in an absolvitor, it is obviously his interest to defend himself against a claim that is not founded on law.
Lord Uist was instructed by letter from Hughes' legal team that their client had withdrawn his claim and the judge awarded a "decree of absolvitor with expenses" to Gary.