What Is a Disposition Date on a Court Record?

By Joseph Scrofano - Updated June 05, 2017
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The disposition date may mean slightly different things in different legal contexts. However, generally the disposition date on a court document refers to the date on which a particular legal matter was adjudicated.

Criminal Law

In criminal law, the disposition date on a court document refers to when the defendant was found either guilty or not guilty. Usually, if a defendant is found guilty, sentencing occurs sometime after the disposition date.

Litigation

In litigation, the disposition date on a court document refers to when the defendant was found liable or not liable in a lawsuit. It may also refer to when a judgment was entered.

Bankruptcy Proceedings

In a bankruptcy case, the disposition date on a court document may refer to when all of the debtor’s assets are disposed of.

Probate

In a probate case, the disposition date on a court document may refer to when an estate is discharged.

Collections

In a collections case, the disposition date on a court document may refer to when the debt is satisfied.

About the Author

An attorney and founder of ScrofanoLaw, a general practice law firm in Washington, D.C., Joseph Scrofano has been writing on legal issues since 2008. He holds a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law, a Bachelor of Arts with special honors from the University of Texas and a master's degree in international affairs from American University's School of International Service.

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