complaint

complaint
A bill in equity. 27 Am J2d Eq § 179; a pleading by which the plaintiff in a civil action, whether of a legal or equitable nature, sets out the cause of action and invokes the jurisdiction of the court. 41 Am J1st Pl § 73. In some instances and under some statutes, it comprehends oral as well as written allegations. Asbell v Edwards, 63 Kim 610, 66 P 641. The formal charge, made under oath, of the commission of a crime or offense. 21 Am J2d Crim L § 441. If the offense charged is a minor one, the complaint, otherwise known as an affidavit or preliminary information, will stand as the pleading upon which the accused will be tried; if the offense is a felony, the accused is not put to trial upon the complaint, since he can be charged with felony only by an indictment or an information filed by the state's attorney. State v Hamilton, 133 W Va 394, 56 SE2d 544, 12 ALR2d 573. See bill; declaration; outcry; petition.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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