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Plaintiff

Definition of 'Plaintiff'

A plaintiff is the person or company that has taken you to court to obtain judgment against you. You are the defendant. It is up to you to challenge the plaintiff in court if you disagree with the amount claimed to be due to the plaintiff.

If you do not defend the plaintiff’s action in court, or if you are unsuccessful in arguing your case to the court, the debt owed to the plaintiff is recognised as being properly due. This means that you cannot later make any claim that the amount due to the plaintiff is incorrect in any way.

Armed with the court judgment, the plaintiff (usually a lender) can take post-judgment actions such as sending the bailiffs in.

Other terms for plaintiff include claimant, or petitioner. The term is not just used in claims relating to money, it can also be used in other proceedings such as litigation or divorce.

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