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Subject: Rule 74 - Rules of Civil Procedure - Rules Governing Civil Procedure in the Circuit Courts - Judgments Orders and Proceedings Thereon Publication / Adopted Date:May 22, 1987
Topic:JudgmentRevised / Effective Date:January 1, 2001

74.01. Judgment

(a) Included Matters. "Judgment" as used in these rules includes a decree and any order from which an appeal lies. A judgment is rendered when entered. A judgment is entered when a writing signed by the judge and denominated "judgment" or "decree" is filed. The judgment may be a separate document or entry on the docket sheet of the case. A docket sheet entry complying with these requirements is a judgment unless the docket sheet entry indicates that the court will enter the judgment in a separate document. The separate document shall be the judgment when entered.

(b) Judgment Upon Multiple Claims or Involving Multiple Parties. When more than one claim for relief is presented in an action, whether as a claim, counterclaim, cross-claim, or third-party claim, or when multiple parties are involved, the court may enter a judgment as to one or more but fewer than all of the claims or parties only upon an express determination that there is no just reason for delay. In the absence of such determination, any order or other form of decision, however designated, that adjudicates fewer than all the claims or the rights and liabilities of fewer than all the parties shall not terminate the action as to any of the claims or parties, and the order or other form of decision is subject to revision at any time before the entry of judgment adjudicating all the claims and the rights and liabilities of all the parties.

(Adopted May 22, 1987, eff. Jan. 1, 1988. Amended Feb. 22, 1994, eff. Jan. 1, 1995; Sept. 10, 1997, eff. July 1, 1998; May 26, 2000, eff. Jan. 1, 2001.)