commencement of action


commencement of action
The formal procedure by which a legal proceeding is initiated. Civil law suits commence when the party suing files a written complaint or petition with the court. Criminal proceedings are typically commenced by a prosecutor filing a petition with the court or seeking an indictment from a grand jury.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

commencement of action
n.
   an action (a lawsuit) commences (begins officially) when the party suing files a written complaint or petition with the clerk of the court. Under a unique New York statute a plaintiff may prepare a summons and get a case number before filing a complaint.
   See also: petition

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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