- A lawsuit begins with the filing of a complaint.
- A pleading is a legal document filed with the court that sets forth the position and contentions of a party.
- An answer usually sets forth the defendant’s defenses and counterclaims.
- Certain defenses may be made by motion rather than included in the answer.
- In some circumstances, a party must obtain the court’s permission to amend its complaint.
- Pleadings must be submitted to the court when the action is set down for trial.
- The defendant was given a copy of information before he was called upon to plead.
- The indictment was incorrectly worded.
- The statement of claim was struck out because it disclosed no cause of action.
- This complaint or pleading is a statement of the charge against the defendant and the remedy sought, typically money damages.