On The Merits Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term On The Merits.

On The Merits (adverb)

"On The Merits" refers to a legal judgment that is based primarily on the evidence and facts presented in a case, and the application of law on said facts. This approach allows a court to overlook minor procedural errors committed by one party if substantial evidence supports their argument. Whether a judgment or decision may be adjusted or not, it would be made "on the merits" of the evidence and facts present.