§ 12-751 Definitions
§ 12-752 Strategic lawsuits against public participation; motion to dismiss

Terms Used In Arizona Laws > Title 12 > Chapter 6 > Article 15

  • Action: includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Counterclaim: A claim that a defendant makes against a plaintiff.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Exercise of the right of petition: means any written or oral statement that falls within the constitutional protection of free speech and that is made as part of an initiative, referendum or recall effort or that is all of the following:

    (a) Made before or submitted to a legislative or executive body or any other governmental proceeding. See Arizona Laws 12-751

  • Governmental proceeding: means any proceeding, other than a judicial proceeding, by an officer, official or body of this state and any political subdivision of this state, including boards and commissions, or by an officer, official or body of the federal government. See Arizona Laws 12-751
  • including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Lawsuit: A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, resulting in harm to the plaintiff.
  • Legal action: means any action, claim, cross-claim or counterclaim for damages that is based on the defendant's exercise of the right of petition. See Arizona Laws 12-751
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.