Legal Word of the Day: “Res Judicata”

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“Res Judicata” — A form of estoppel, this doctrine provides judicial finality.

Cause of action estoppel prevents a party from relitigating a claim that was decided or could have been raised in an earlier proceeding. Issue estoppel is narrower than cause of action estoppel.

Res judicata prevents a party from relitigating an issue already decided in an earlier proceeding, even if the causes of action in the two proceedings differ.

Related Cases:

Minott v. O’Shanter Development Company Ltd., 1999 CanLII 3686 (ON CA)

Angle v. M.N.R., 1974 CanLII 168 (SCC), [1975] 2 SCR 248

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