File – a lawyer’s complete record of a case

n. (17c)

1. A court’s complete and official record of a case <the associate went into the courthouse to verify that the motion is in the file>.

2. A lawyer’s complete record of a case <the paralegal stored the file in three drawers in her office>.

3. A portion or section of a lawyer’s case record <the janitor found the correspondence file behind the copy machine>.

4. A case <Jonah was assigned the Watson file after Amy left the firm>.

vb. (16c)

1. To deliver a legal document to the court clerk or record custodian for placement into the official record <Tuesday is the deadline for filing a reply brief>.  *  A document not suitable for filing will normally be stamped “lodged” and placed in the court file but not included in the record on appeal. — aka (BrE) lodge.

2. To commence a lawsuit <the seller threatened to file against the buy>.

3. To record or deposit something in an organized retention system or container for preservation and future reference <please file my noted under the heading “research”>.

4. Parliamentary law. To acknowledge and deposit (a report, communication, or other document) for information and reference only without necessarily taking any substantive action. [1]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

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[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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