Tort Terms

Defendant

Fairfax Injury Lawyer Brien Roche Addresses Who A Defendant is

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This is the party against whom a claim is asserted; i.e., the party being sued either in tort,contract or otherwise.The term defendant is derived from the word “defend”. Normally the defendant is thought of as the person charged with a crime who is defending the criminal charge brought by the government.

The term however also applies in the civil context to a party who is being sued by the plaintiff.

The attorney who represents the defendant is referred to as defense cousel. 

The term “defense” may apply broadly to the team of  legal professionals representing the defendant or may apply to specific theories that are being used to promote the interest of that party.

For more information on the meaning of defendant see the pages on Wikipedia.

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