final judgment rule
- A procedural principle stipulating that an appeal can only be pursued after all matters pertaining to a case have been conclusively decided
- The lawyer was frustrated when the client wanted to appeal immediately, but the final judgment rule meant they had to wait until the case was completely resolved.
- Due to the complexities involved in the case, the final judgment rule became crucial in determining when the appeal could be filed.
- The timetable for filing an appeal was dictated by the final judgment rule, which did not allow appeals until all aspects of the case were concluded.