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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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On 31 March nab has summoned Eden housing scheme management and its complainants to make them sit in front of each other.
A Sudanese hotel security guard, 40, said the first complainant came to him seeking his help in a problem he was having with another man at the terrace.
Reyes told the complainants that the vehicles at the HPG's impounding area have been reported to be a product of fraudulent transaction.
The mindset of the complainant is important because, to be an assault, the contact between the parties must be without the consent of the person touched.
When Miss Griffiths, QC, questioned the complainant about what she called inconsistencies in his account, he said: "I think you are being paid a hell of a lot of money to make me look bad.
Duran told Today's Zaman that the testimonies of the 12 complainants that were made at prosecutor's office are very similar even with regards to their spelling errors.
In the Central Police Officer Peshawar, the IGP has directed Additional Inspector General of Police, Investigation, Muhammad Ali Babakhel to receive feedback from the complainants in heinous cases in a random manner and enquire about the difficulty faced by them in lodging FIRs.
Harris, of Waterloo Road, Brighouse, faces a separate allegation of indecent assault relating to a second complainant who was 15 at the time.
54) This is particularly likely where an offence specific to complainants with mental disabilities is created in which the element of non-consent is replaced by proof of mental incapacity.
The Complainant, who was the President of an HOA, alleged the CPM Member failed to provide accurate and auditable financial records and that the management company prepared its own invoices, adding unauthorized and undisclosed service fees.
The court also recognized that Muslims are a "minority that many believe is unfairly maligned and stereotyped in contemporary Canada" and said a failure to adequately consider complainants rights could "legitimize that negative stereotyping.