commencement of action

Definition of "commencement of action"
  1. The start of a legal proceeding which in civil cases begins with the filing of a written complaint or petition, and in criminal cases starts when a prosecutor files a petition or seeks an indictment from a grand jury
How to use "commencement of action" in a sentence
  1. The defendant received the papers marking the commencement of action.
  2. The lawyer hastened the commencement of action to hold the company responsible.
  3. With the commencement of action, the court case officially began.

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