Definitions for "Consent decree"
Keywords:  decree, prps, cleanup, epa, superfund
When a court case has been filed, the parties can resolve the case short of having a trial by entering into a joint agreement or by consenting to a judgment.
An order of the Court which suspends the delinquent proceedings against the juvenile and places youth under voluntary supervision in his or her own home, under terms and conditions negotiated with the probation department and agreed to by all parties affected.
An enforceable judge's order based upon an out-of-court agreement between opposing parties to a lawsuit. In the Augusta Mental Health Institute (AMHI) class action lawsuit, the judge issued a consent decree that made Maine's Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services' (BDS) out-of-court agreement to build a system of community services enforceable in court.