pleading(redirected from Common law pleading)
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1. A plea; an entreaty.
2. Law A formal statement, usually written, setting forth the cause of action or the defense of a party to a lawsuit.
1. (Law) the act of presenting a case in court, as by a lawyer on behalf of his client
2. (Law) the art or science of preparing the formal written statements of the parties to a legal action. See also pleadings
1. the act of a person who pleads.
a. a formal, usu. written statement setting forth the cause of action or defense of a case.
b. the skill or practice of setting forth pleas in legal causes.
c. the advocating of a cause in a court of law.
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|Noun||1.||pleading - (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding|
bill of Particulars - the particular events to be dealt with in a criminal trial; advises the defendant and the court of the facts the defendant will be required to meet
affirmative pleading - any defensive pleading that affirms facts rather than merely denying the facts alleged by the plaintiff
alternative pleading, pleading in the alternative - a pleading that alleges facts so separate that it is difficult to determine which facts the person intends to rely on
answer - the principal pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims
charge, complaint - (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; "he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
complaint - (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
defective pleading - any pleading that fails to conform in form or substance to minimum standards of accuracy or sufficiency
demurrer - (law) any pleading that attacks the legal sufficiency of the opponent's pleadings
replication - (law) a pleading made by a plaintiff in reply to the defendant's plea or answer
rejoinder - (law) a pleading made by a defendant in response to the plaintiff's replication
special pleading - (law) a pleading that alleges new facts in avoidance of the opposing allegations
surrejoinder - (law) a pleading by the plaintiff in reply to the defendant's rejoinder
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
|Adj.||1.||pleading - begging|