prayer for relief


prayer for relief
What the plaintiff in a lawsuit asks of the court — for example, monetary damages, an injunction to make the defendant stop a certain activity, or both. The plaintiff usually makes a "special prayer" for specific relief (for example, a monetary amount to recover for an injury), and then follows with an unspecific "general prayer" to recover any additional amount not specified that a court decides is appropriate.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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