defendant

(redirected from co-defendant)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

defendant

The party sued in an action at law.Contrast actions in equity,in which the party sued is called a respondent.Today,these distinctions are largely irrelevant,but they may be encountered when reading old legal decisions.

References in periodicals archive ?
The dead were named as Fernando Ciampi, a judge who worked in the civil section of the bankruptcy court, Lorenzo Alberto Claris Appiani, a lawyer, and Giardiello's co-defendant, Giorgio Erba.
The police captain is accused of rape and staging a fake marriage, while his co-defendant is accused of aiding and abetting.
In total, Morsi is a co-defendant in four trials: inciting the killing of protesters during deadly clashes outside the presidential palace in December 2012, insulting the judiciary, escaping from Wadi El-Natrun Prison during the opening days of the 25 January Revolution, and for espionage for working with foreign Islamist groups to create chaos in Egypt.
Her co-defendant, real name Michael Coombs, 35, is accused of supplying the drug.
Reading out the verdict as the defendants sat in a courtroom cage, the judge said Dmitrichenko had told co-defendant Yuri Zarutsky on the night of the attack that Filin was on his way home from the theatre.
Federal prosecutors in the Western District of Arkansas have now elicited guilty pleas from Barber and one co-defendant in each of the separate cases.
Co-defendant Andrew Davies was cleared of possessing the heroin with intent to supply in August 2011.
Ben Kennedy was remanded in custody and was told that his case would be listed for sentence after the trial of his co-defendants.
Despite ignoring the abuse he felt a blow to the back of his head and saw 19-year-old Jones, of Llewellyn Street, Pentre, and his co-defendant approaching.
A judge is expected to decide today whether to order co-defendant Freddie Prado, 20, of Palmdale, to stand trial for murder.
ACCUSED 21/7 suspect Hussain Osman was beaten up in jail after allegedly turning on a co-defendant.
A co-defendant, Taha Yassin Ramadan, a former vice president, said an American translator of Arab origin used to smuggle him tea and bread.