§ 509.010 Shall be petition and answer — reply if answer contains counterclaim
§ 509.020 Caption of pleading — what set forth
§ 509.030 Pleading attributed to, by whom — declaration
§ 509.040 Technical forms not required in pleading
§ 509.050 Pleading, setting forth claim for relief, contents — demand for dollar ..
§ 509.060 Joinder of claims
§ 509.070 Two claims may be joined in a single action, when — court shall grant ..
§ 509.080 Defenses — form of denials
§ 509.090 Affirmative defenses
§ 509.100 Failure to deny, effect
§ 509.110 Pleading in alternative — consistency
§ 509.120 Averments, how made
§ 509.130 Adoption of statements by reference — exhibits
§ 509.140 Averments as to capacity or authority of parties to sue or be sued
§ 509.150 Partnership deemed confessed, unless denied
§ 509.160 Particularity required in all averments of fraud or mistake
§ 509.170 Conditions precedent — how pleaded
§ 509.180 Official documents or acts, form of pleading
§ 509.190 Judgments and decisions, form of pleading
§ 509.200 Claims of items of special damage shall be specifically stated
§ 509.210 Libel and slander, averments — defenses
§ 509.220 Private statutes, averments — laws of other states — judicial notice
§ 509.230 Pleading written instrument
§ 509.240 Execution of written instrument deemed confessed, when
§ 509.250 Pleadings, how construed
§ 509.260 Time of pleading
§ 509.270 Demurrers and pleas in abatement and to the jurisdiction shall not be used
§ 509.280 Motions, form of
§ 509.290 Objections which may be raised by motions
§ 509.300 Failure to state a claim or defense, raised on motion, when
§ 509.310 Motion for more definite statement or for a bill of particulars
§ 509.320 Matter which party may move to strike out
§ 509.330 Time allowed for making motions
§ 509.340 Consolidation of motions — waiver of objections — exceptions
§ 509.350 Motion searches record
§ 509.360 Motion for judgment on pleadings
§ 509.370 Time for hearing of motions
§ 509.380 Place of hearing
§ 509.390 Regular times and places for hearing motions
§ 509.400 Defenses which may be raised by pleading — waiver
§ 509.410 Objection that no demand has been made not available, when
§ 509.420 What a pleading shall state as a counterclaim
§ 509.430 Counterclaim exceeding opposing claim
§ 509.440 When claim may be presented as counterclaim by supplemental pleading
§ 509.450 Counterclaim set up by amendment, when
§ 509.460 Cross-claims against coparty
§ 509.470 Additional parties made defendants when required for counterclaim or ..
§ 509.480 Reduction of assigned claims to the extent of all counterclaims
§ 509.490 Amendment of pleadings
§ 509.500 Amendments to conform to evidence
§ 509.510 Supplemental pleadings
§ 509.520 Court pleadings, attachments, and exhibits, redaction of Social Security ..

Terms Used In Missouri Laws > Chapter 509 - Pleadings

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Chambers: A judge's office.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • 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.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • hereafter: means the time after the statute containing it takes effect. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Heretofore: means any time previous to the day when the statute containing it takes effect. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • 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.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • Property: includes real and personal property. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Statute of limitations: A law that sets the time within which parties must take action to enforce their rights.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.