civil action

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Noun1.civil action - legal action to protect a private civil right or to compel a civil remedy (as distinguished from criminal prosecution)
action at law, legal action, action - a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong
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But, if the facts which were involved at the criminal trial can also be shown to be involved in a civil action (and in this case they can), the entire matter may be made the subject of a new legal inquiry; and the verdict of a second jury, completely vindicating your husband, may thus be obtained.
I knew Monsieur Robert Darzac from having been of great service to him in a civil action, while I was acting as secretary to Maitre Barbet Delatour.
The family solicitor Des Doherty said they intend to continue their civil action against the Ministry of Defence.
There is a prejudicial question when a civil action and a criminal action are both pending, and there exists in the civil action an issue, which must be preemptively resolved before the criminal action may proceed because howsoever the issue raised in the civil action is resolved would determine the guilt or innocence of the accused.
Securities and Exchange Commission ( SEC ) for conducting an extra-judicial deposition of a third party without providing notice to defendants in a pending civil action to which the third party s testimony was relevant.
And nowthe police have used civil action in the form of an Asbo to stop Mr Ellman, and his business partner, Susan Frederick, selling cannabis seeds and anything containing hallucinogen dimethltryptamine from their shops.
What is the appropriate jurisdiction and venue to bring a civil action under ERISA Section 4070?
Summary: The man punched in a nightclub by football star Steven Gerrard is launching a civil action against the player and six of his friends.
The man punched in a nightclub by England football star Steven Gerrard is launching a civil action against the player and six of his friends.
16) See In the Matter of Baker Hughes Incorporated, Civil Action No.
AB 528 (Frommer et al) allows any person with a "beneficial interest" in the outcome to bring civil action to enforce laws regarding the protection or enhancement of public health or the environment.
A correctional officer brought a civil rights damages suit against a state attorney general and former and current commissioners of corrections, arising from the attorney general's decision not to defend the officer in a prisoner's civil action.