« Back to Glossary

Definition of Pleading

A pleading is a written statement which is filed by the plaintiff and defendants and will decide the issues which need to be reviewed and settled by the court. Plaintiffs involved in a civil claim will file a complaint, which is the first pleading. The complaint will initiate the civil lawsuit. For some civil claims the complaint is called a petition and whoever files the complaint is called the petitioner.

« Back to Glossary

Browse Car Accident Terms Alphabetically:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | V | W | ALL

Do You Need a Lawyer?

Complete the short form below and attorney will review your case for FREE. Don't wait -- Get Help Today!