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>.
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. 
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: 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
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