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Lesson 6 - Lauren Palomino PAR102#46878 LESSON 6 Page 277 1...

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Lauren Palomino PAR102 #46878 November 26, 2011 LESSON 6 Page 277 1. Define “plaintiff.” Define “Defendant.” Answer- A plaintiff is who files the complaint with the courts. They are the one that is suing the other party. The defendant is the one being sued. They are summons to appear in court and provide an answer to the complaint that was filed against them. They defend themselves from the allegations filed. 3. What are pleadings? Describe the following pleadings: (a) complaint, (b) answer, (c) cross- complaint, (d) reply. Answer- Pleadings are the paperwork that is initiates and the responses to a lawsuit. Examples of pleadings are the complaint, the answer, the cross-complaint, or petition. They are the documents that are filed with the courts by the parties regarding the legal matter. 4. What is a summons? Describe service of process. Answer- A summons is what the court sends to the defendant after a complaint is filed by the plaintiff. The summons orders the defendant to appear in court and file an answer to the allegations. An important requirement is that the defendant be properly notified. The sheriff, another government official, or a private process server is a way to serve a complaint. Some situations when the defendant cannot be found the plaintiff can use publication as the method of serving them. This usually means having a posting for at least 4 weeks consecutively.
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