A person sued in a civil proceeding or accused in a criminal proceeding. In Plain English: The defendant is the person that the plaintiff is suing. For most personal injury cases, the defendant is the person who acted negligently and…
A defendant’s first pleading that addresses the merits of the case, usually by denying the plaintiff’s allegations.
An answer usually sets forth the defendant’s defenses.
In Plain English:
An answer is the defendant’s response to the complaint. In the answer, the defendant will admit to or deny those facts and allegations that the plaintiff included in the complaint. The answer will also usually contain any defense that the defendant is claiming he has against the allegations in the complaint.