Judgment Nisi Law & Legal Definition


Judgment Nisi is a judgment that is not final or absolute. A judgment nisi is an intermediate judgment which will become final unless a party appeals or formally requests the court to set it aside. An interlocutory decree is properly referred to as a judgment nisi. When courts grant divorces, their judgments are not final until the expiration of a statutory "waiting period" known as the nisi period. It begins when the judgment nisi enters and ends upon entry of the "judgment absolute" on the docket.