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One who presents a formal, written application to a court, officer, or legislative body that requests action on a certain matter. In legal proceedings initiated by a petition, the respondent is the person against whom relief is sought, or who opposes the petition. One who appeals from a judgment is a petitioner.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. one who signs and/or files a petition. (See: petition)

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a person who presents a PETITION.
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"Although the Petitioner is permitted to participate in the overall vote to approve or reject the Fire Department, Police Department and Town budgets as a whole, the Commission is aware that a general discussion can quickly devolve into a more narrow review of specific items.
Ground one alleges that petitioner's two 924(c) convictions (counts three and 11) were premised on the commission of crimes of violence, namely, the robberies alleged in counts two and 10 of the indictment, but such counts were ultimately dismissed pursuant to petitioner's plea agreement with the government.
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The petitioner challenged his convictions and sentences through an appeal which was dismissed by the High Court and all his convictions and sentences recorded by the trial court were upheld and confirmed.
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