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What does it mean to be a petitioner in a court ca

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What does it mean to be a "petitioner" in a court case?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
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replied 5 years ago.

Hello,

 

Thanks for your question.

 

A petitioner is a person or other entity (such as a corporation) who initiates a lawsuit, or files a motion, or files an appeal. The respondent, on the other hand, is the person/entity who is being sued (i.e., the opposing party).

 

Hope this helps.

Juliana

Customer reply replied 5 years ago.
Can it also be a "not guilty" verdict or someone who was ultimately not charged with a crime?
Juliana, Lawyer replied 5 years ago.
No, "petitioner" is a very specific legal term. Its only definition is what I've stated in my earlier post. A not guilty verdict is just that -- a not guilty verdict. I am not aware of a specific legal term for someone who was not charged with a crime.