The filing of a lawsuit for an improper purpose, and without grounds or probable cause. The lawsuit may either be civil or criminal in nature. To remedy an act of malicious prosecution, an alleged victim files a tort claim by the same name.
See also Vexatious litigation.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
Filing a civil or criminal lawsuit for an improper purpose( civil) or without probable cause (criminal). If a wrongful prosecution ends in the defendant's favor, the defendant can sue the plaintiff for the wrong he has suffered.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:19 pm