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LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS - The Need for Federal Guidelines in Reporting Data complaint definition in law

LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERNAL AFFAIRS The Need for Federal Guidelines in Reporting Data

October 2011

by Steve Rothlein

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Pleadings Definition:

That core document(s) of a party to litigation in which he or she formally sets out the facts and the law which support that party's position.

Related Terms: Alia Enormia , Ad Damnum , Surplusage , Pleader , Motion to Strike , Cognovit

Pleadings set the issues of litigation and the limits of what needs to be proved ( evidence ) and what is relevant.

That formal court documents in which a litigant formally sets out the facts and legal arguments which support that the person 's position.

Depending on the nature of the claim, this can be either the Petition or the set of a statement of claim and a statement of defence .

Pleadings can be in writing or they can exceptionally be made verbally to a court, during a hearing.

Pleadings are essential to the trial or hearing process as they set out the parameters of what - exactly - a litigant is asking the Court for. The Court is neutral and cannot invent, create or carve relief from the facts or coach a litigant in regards to evidence required to obtain certain relief. The pleadings must provide the Court with a litigant's road map; what they want (relief claimed) and why they want it (facts in support).

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The child must be the first to receive relief in times of distress. Declaration of the Rights of the Child (League of Nations, 1924)

plaint [pleynt] /pleɪnt/ Spell Syllables Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun 1. a complaint. 2. Law. a statement of grievance made to a court for the purpose of asking redress. 3. a lament; lamentation. Origin of plaint Expand Middle English Middle French Latin 1175-1225 1175-1225; Middle English Middle French Latin planctus a striking or beating (the breast) in grief, equivalent to plang(ere ) to beat, strike, mourn for + -tus, suffix of v. action