civil action

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Noun1.civil action - legal action to protect a private civil right or to compel a civil remedy (as distinguished from criminal prosecution)
action at law, legal action, action - a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong
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But, if the facts which were involved at the criminal trial can also be shown to be involved in a civil action (and in this case they can), the entire matter may be made the subject of a new legal inquiry; and the verdict of a second jury, completely vindicating your husband, may thus be obtained.
I knew Monsieur Robert Darzac from having been of great service to him in a civil action, while I was acting as secretary to Maitre Barbet Delatour.
The government is pursuing civil action to trace the money borrowed by SRC International Sdn Bhd from the Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP) in an effort to regain it and pay back some of SRC's loans, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
A man who claims he was abused at a Catholic school in the Highlands has launched a six-figure civil action.
However, if the criminal action is stayed due to the insanity of the accused, the civil action shall be decided in the presence of his curator.
There is a separate civil action instituted against SLI..
The civil action against the insurer may be instituted before the criminal courts in order to compensate for the damage caused by the crime.
Simon Di Rollo QC also believes the civil action against Stephen Coxen will encourage other women who feel let down by the justice system to sue alleged attackers.
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The woman who made the allegation launched a civil action for damages - and that was granted by a sheriff after the claim was not defended by Diamond.
The alleged victim then brought a civil action against Mr Diamond, 24, and that has been granted by a sheriff after the claim was not defended by the soldier, reportsthe Daily Record.