- The individual or entity that is accused of a crime or is named in a lawsuit.
the accused, defender
lawsuit, law suit, plaintiff
Related Terms and Acronyms
- Abstract of Judgement — Definition,
- A court document that states how much the loser of a lawsuit owes, and which creates a lien, or a claim on property, when filed with the county recorder where the property is owned.
- Causation — Definition,
- A method of connecting an entity's conduct with an effect, which in some cases can prove legal liability.
- Contract — Definition,
- An agreement between two or more parties that can be enforced by law.
- Errors and Omissions Insurance — Definition,
- Insurance that protects architects, home inspectors and contractors from claims by clients for professional mistakes.
- Injunction — Definition,
- A court order that prohibits a party from taking a specific course of action.
- Lawsuit — Definition,
- A suit brought before a court in order to remedy an alleged injustice.
- Malpractice — Definition,
- Negligent acts done by a professional that causes injury to a plaintiff.
- Plaintiff — Definition,
- The party who initiates a lawsuit.
- Settlement — Definition,
- An agreement between the parties of a legal case.
- Specific Performance — Definition,
- A remedy in a court of equity compelling a defendant to carry out the terms of an agreement or contract. It is available only where the remedy of damages cannot afford adequate relief to the plaintiff.
- Statute of Limitations (SOL) — Acronym,
- A period of time specified by statute within which an action at law must be brought or else be forfeited.
- Subrogation — Definition,
- When an insurance company has the right to take legal action against a third party for damages.
- Tort — Definition,
- An act that causes harm or loss.
- Tort Law — Definition,
- Civil law or the laws that govern civil lawsuits.
- Tortfeasor — Definition,
- A party who commits a tort (a civil wrong).