pleadings

  

Definition

Formal statements served by each party to a lawsuit to one another, and containing their respective positions (allegations, claims, defenses, denials). The pleading of the party initiating the litigation process is called a complaint or petition, the defendant's pleading is called an answer. Pleadings only contain facts material to the party's claim or defense, and not the means of proving those facts. Their purpose is to define the issues, and narrow them down to the essentials.

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  • After several pleadings, they finally caved and allowed me to travel alongside them to the store, where we would buy candy.

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  • You should try and make your pleadings be as good as you can if you want to have any shot at winning the case.

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  • The defendant's attorneys met in the conference room during lunch time to prepare the pleadings for their client's case which would be heard by the judge the following morning.

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