- a judicially decided matter. The rule that if a dispute is judged by a court of
competent jurisdiction, the judgment of the court is final and conclusive as to the rights and
duties of the parties involved. Res judicata constitutes an absolute bar to a subsequent suit for
the same cause of action. See also Autrefois acquit; Autrefois convict; Double jeopardy; Estoppel;
Issue estoppel; Res judicata pro veritate accipitur .
(Ref: Butterworths Concise Australian Legal