Judgement - 

    According to Section 2(9) of the Civil Procedure Code, judgement means the statement given by the Judge on the grounds of a decree or order

Decree - 

     Section 2 (2)of the Civil Procedure Code defines Decree. According to Section 2 of the said Act, “decree” means the formal expression of an adjudication which, so far as regards the Court expressing it, conclusively determines the rights of the parties with regard to all or any of the matters in controversy in the suit and may be either preliminary or final. It shall be deemed to include the rejection of a plaint and the determination of any question within section 144, but shall not include-

          (a) any adjudication from which an appeal lies as an appeal from an order, or

          (b) any order of dismissal for default.

Explanation – A decree is preliminary when further proceedings have to be taken before the suit can be completely disposed of. It is final when such adjudication completely disposes of the suit, it may be partly preliminary and partly final;

Difference between Judgement and Decree -



Meaning of Judgment - Judgement means statement given by a Judge of the grounds of decree or order. Section

It is not necessary for a judge to give statement of ground in a decree.


It is not necessary that there should be a formal expression of order in the judgement

It is necessary that there must be formal expression of the decree 


Judgement should state preciously the relief granted.

Decree must determinate the rights of the parties


Judgement contemplates stage prior to the passing of a decree

Decree Follows after judgement


There may be a judgment in civil suit as well as in criminal case.

Generally decree is passed in a civil suit

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