on the merits


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on the merits

According to or based on facts or qualities essential to a person or situation, as opposed to circumstantial or technical details. (Usually used in reference to a decision by a judge in a legal case.) Primarily heard in UK. The defense filed a motion for dismissal based on the prosecution's failure to include the new evidence in the discovery phase, but the judged ruled that the case would be heard on the merits.
See also: merit, on