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    Respondent is defined as the one who formally answers the allegations stated in a petition which has been filed with the court. Also known as a defendant in a civil action

    New York State Unified Court System. “Glossary of Legal Terms” (2016)

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    If you are the person that answers the original Petition, you are the respondent. Even if you later file an action of your own in that case, you are still the respondent for as long as the case is open.

    California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)

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    Respondent is the party who makes an answer to a bill or other proceedings in equity; also refers to the party against whom an appeal is brought. Sometimes called an appellee.

    National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)

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    1) The person who is the subject of a petition. 2) The prevailing party in a court case against whom an appeal is taken.

    National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (1988). Glossary of Selected Legal Terms for Juvenile Justice Personnel. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Washington, DC.

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    Respondent means an individual who has become the subject of civil proceedings.

    Drogin, Eric Y., et al. Handbook of forensic assessment: Psychological and psychiatric perspectives. Vol. 209. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.

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    The party against whom an appeal is taken. Also, the party against whom a proceeding in quo warranto is brought.

    Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)

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    A defendant in a civil case that has been appealed to a higher court.

    Victoria Law Foundation. “Legal glossary” (2015)

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    Another definition of a respondent is a party holding a different or opposing position to that of the party making an application to the Courts; the party against whom an appeal is brought in an action; the party against whom a divorce action is commenced.

    Parlee McLaws LLP. “Glossary Of Common Financial and Legal Terms”, 4th ed.

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    The party against whom an appeal is taken, usually the prevailing party in the lower court.

    State Bar of Wisconsin. “News Reporters’ Legal Handbook”, 6th Ed. (2013)

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    The person who responds to the petitioner. If you did not file the petition to start a court case, and you are named in the case, you are the respondent. In family matters, the terms petitioner and respondent are used in domestic violence cases and dissolutions. This person is the respondent for as long as the case is open.

    Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Women’s Legal Rights Handbook” (2015)

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    Respondent can be defined as a person against whom a protection order (ETPO/TPO/CPO) has been filed; the person from whom a petitioner is seeking protection.

    DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Commonly used terms in cases involving domestic violence”.