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Complainant

A plaintiff; a person who commences a civil lawsuit against another, known as the defendant, in order to remedy an alleged wrong. An individual who files a written accusation with the police charging a suspect with the commission of a crime and providing facts to support the allegation and which results in the criminal prosecution of the suspect.

Once the suspect is indicted, the state becomes the complainant since the alleged wrong is considered a crime against the state.

complainant

n. a person or entity who begins a lawsuit by filing a complaint, and is usually called the plaintiff, or in some cases the petitioner. (See: complaint, plaintiff, petitioner)

complainant

noun accusant, accuser, aggrieved party, challenger, charger, claimant, complaining party, denouncer, impeacher, incriminator, indicter, indictor, libelant, litigant, one instigating an action, opposing party, party, party to a suit, petitioner, petitioner for legal redress, plaintiff, preferror of charges, prosecution, prosecutor, pubbic prosecutor, relator, suitor
Associated concepts: complainant's costs, complaining wittess
See also: accuser, actor, claimant, contender, contestant, declarant, informer, litigant, malcontent, party, plaintiff, victim

complainant

the person who makes a criminal complaint in England. See COMPLAINER.

COMPLAINANT. One who makes a complaint. A plaintiff in a suit in chancery is so called.

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The Complainants further submitted that the Respondent purposefully registered the Disputed Domain Names to prevent the Complainants from reflecting their trade marks and has engaged in a pattern of such conduct in accordance with paragraph 4(b)(ii) of the Policy.
But at the same time that complainants with mental disabilities must confront concepts of consent, capacity, and mistaken belief that were not developed with their experiences or realities in mind, they also face barriers to the receipt of their testimony in court.
This situation in the indictment has strengthened our belief that the testimonies were prepared beforehand and later the complainants were asked to sign them," Duran said.
The prosecution says details which the complainant gave describing his abuser "Roger" were very accurate.
As the amount was held admissible for refund in the aforesaid Assessment Order, there was no justification for the Complainants application to the FBR for condonation of time bar of over one year.
The complainants have expressed their satisfaction to the working of police so far.
The complainant replied: "Probably not, it was embarrassing.
Holroyd has denied charges of rape and indecent assault in relation to the female complainant and two charges of indecent assault in relation to the male complainant.
The Complainants filed complaints with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, arguing that the CNR had discriminated against them under sections 7 and 10 of the CHRA.
In the United States, incapacity is invoked in cases involving complainants with mental disabilities more often than in Canada.
Opening his case at Nottingham Crown Court, Neil Moore, prosecuting, said Dhanda had sex with two of the three complainants.