What is pleading?

  • (noun): (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding.
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In law as practiced in countries that follow the English models, a pleading is a formal written statement filed with a court by parties in a civil action, other than a motion. By stating what claims and defenses are at issue, pleadings establish the issues to be decided by the court.

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Some articles on pleading:

Alternative Pleading
... In alternative pleading, legal fiction is employed to permit a party to argue two mutually exclusive possibilities, for example, submitting an injury complaint alleging that the harm to the plaintiff caused by the ...
Pleading In English Act 1362
... The Pleading in English Act 1362 (36 Edw. 15), often rendered Statute of Pleading, was an Act of the Parliament of England ...
Judicature Acts - Pleading
... The most important matter dealt with by the rules is the mode of pleading ... The authors of the Judicature Act had before them two systems of pleading, both of which were open to criticism ... The common law pleadings (it was said) did not state the facts on which the pleader relied, but only the legal aspect of the facts or the inferences from them, while the chancery ...
Pleading Guilty
... Pleading Guilty, published in 1993, is Scott Turow's third novel, and like the previous two it is set in fictional Kindle County ... Many of the minor characters in Pleading Guilty also appear in Turow's other novels, which are all set in fictional, Midwestern Kindle County ... A pilot for a television show based on Pleading Guilty was shot in 2010 but not picked up by the Fox network ...
Legal Practice - England From Henry II - Common Law Forms of Pleading: Writs
... in royal courts under Henry II any case had to fit into a narrowly defined form of pleading usually called a "writ" ... unlike much current practice, the writs of pleading were not court orders granting relief but the summons, prepared by the plaintiff, filed with the court, and served on the respondent ...

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    We have been here over forty years, a longer period than the children of Israel wandered through the wilderness, coming to this Capitol pleading for this recognition of the principle that the Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. Mr. Chairman, we ask that you report our resolution favorably if you can but unfavorably if you must; that you report one way or the other, so that the Senate may have the chance to consider it.
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