Judgment By Default Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Judgment By Default, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Judgment By Default?

It is a courts decision or ruling in favour of the plaintiff if the defendant fails to appear before the court or has not responded to summons. The defendant can plead for the default judgement be waived off, but will have to provide a valid reason for not appearing when called for. In case of civil suits, the plaintiff can ask the court to mark the default of the defendant of the court in the books and may appeal for default judgement.