Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
1) A general term for the effort of an attorney representing a defendant during trial and in pretrial maneuvers to defeat the party suing or the prosecution in a criminal case. 2) A response to a complaint, called an affirmative defense, to counter, defeat, or remove all or a part of the contentions of the plaintiff.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:14 pm