Consent Decree Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Consent Decree.

Consent Decree (noun): A legal agreement between two parties in a lawsuit, formally approved and made into a court order by a judge. This agreement solves the case without admission of guilt or liability. All details of the solution are agreed upon outside the courtroom, but its final judgment is legally binding and enforceable by the court. The decision cannot normally be appealed, unless there's a breach in the agreement.