When the matter is over, the judge may or may not make an order. Most often, she or he will give their decision then and there after the last party has spoken. They’ll be quiet and do some writing and when they’re finished read it to you. What they’re writing is the endorsement for the record. Sometimes they just write the order and other times they write brief reasons as well.
Sometimes, the judge says that the decision is being reserved until after the lunch break or until a certain specified time later in the day. Then you have to come back then to hear the reasons and the decision.
But sometimes a judge may say that he or she we will take the matter “under advisement” and reserve the decision. In that case, it means that you’re finished with court for that day and that the court office will notify you once the decision has been made. (Be sure that the contact information the court has for you, as showing on the court documents, is accurate.)
If you’re present when the judge is making an order, keep in mind that there are two parts to what the judge says. The first part consists of the judge’s reasons for the order. It discusses the evidence and perhaps the law, and goes over the various findings that have been made. The reasons are the basis for the order to be made. The second part is the order itself. The first part, the reasons aren’t “binding”. The second part, the “order”, is.
The judge is required to set out something in writing to show the ruling and this is called the “endorsement”. It’s made on the court record itself. Sometimes it’s just the order and other times it also includes certain findings of fact and law. But you should never leave court without having a copy of the endorsement, so you’ll know just what the judge actually ordered.
To get that copy, you should ask the Court Registrar quietly if you can have a copy of the endorsement. Sometime you’ll hear the lawyer for the other party ask the Registrar for a copy, or the Registrar will let you know that they’ll make one for you. The Registrar will always cooperate, but they may ask you to wait for a few minutes outside the courtroom to give them time to have the photocopy made. They may not be able to go and get that right away so you should hang around until they give it to you. That’s what gets typed up into the formal Order.