Remedy Law & Legal Definition


Remedy is a term that is subject to different meanings, but in the legal context, it refers to a method of delivering justice with regard to a person or entity's legal rights. Remedies may be ordered by the court, granted by judgment after trial or hearing, by agreement (settlement) between the person claiming harm and the person he/she believes has caused it, and by the automatic operation of law. A remedy may include an award of money, an injunction ordering a party to stop an action, a declaration of a party's rights under a contract, granting a lien against a debtor's property, and many more forms of relief.

A remedy can take many different forms and the type of remedy that may be given depends on the jurisdiction of the court. For example, a small claims court usually may only award monetary relief to a party, rather than being authorized to order a party to do or not do an act.