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.
A COVENTRY businessman who was stabbed by a teenager while on holiday in the Spanish island of Tenerife will pursue civil action against his suspected attacker.
In Chavez, for example, the need to interrogate Martinez to obtain information necessary to discipline a potentially unwarranted use of force or to defend a future civil action filed by Martinez or his survivors may outweigh the risks posed by the intentional Miranda violation.
The Act also prevents a civil action from being brought against non-profit organizations.
COUNCIL chiefs in Liverpool want the power to take civil action against people who continually destroy neighbourhoods.
Five members of the family involved in the civil action have offered to suspend legal proceedings if they can have a public inquiry.
The civil action summons would also name former Leeds reserve team striker Tony Hackworth, now with Notts County, who was cleared of assault in the first trial earlier this year.
The family want to launch a civil action against Ronnie Coulter, Andrew Coulter and David Montgomery.
FORMER MI5 officer David Shayler yesterday won a court order preventing civil action against him while facing criminal trial on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act.
The popular nonfiction book A Civil Action (1995, Jonathan Harr, Random House) and its movie version relate how residents of a Massachusetts town came to blame a set of leukemia cases on trichloroethylene and other chemicals in the town's water supply.
Lawyer Errs on the Side of Angels": That's the newsy headline atop Janet Maslin's New York Times review of A Civil Action, the Hollywood release, based on the book by Jonathan Hart, in which attorney Jan Schlichtmann sues two large corporations on behalf of leukemia-stricken children in Woburn, Massachusetts.