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Plaintiff is the person who filed the original court action. That's also called "Petitioner" or "First party"
in court who presents a petition to a court or other body either to institute an equity proceeding or to
take an appeal from a judgment. The person who initially brings the suit personal action in court; act as
seeking the remedy of justice for an injury, dispute, complaint or withholding that of his or her rights.

In Family Court, a plaintiff is a person asking for an order of protection. (Cases filed for an order of
protection are called family offense cases.) He or she must raise the entire reasons (grounds for
) and evidence for filing the case in court.

The adverse party is called the respondent, is a person a petitioner wants an order of protection
against. In a Criminal Court, that person is called a defendant.
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