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  • Respondent (in the context of litigation)

    The respondent is the party answerable to the claims of the plaintiff, who has brought the action to court. The respondent is the civil law equivalent of the defendant.

    The respondent is called to answer legal proceedings by summons, petition, or appeal.

    The definition extends to include a party responding to an application or notification of an industrial dispute lodged with an industrial tribunal.

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