Origin of litigant
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH litigantlitigant , litigator
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What does litigant mean?
A litigant is a person engaged in a lawsuit.
To litigate is to engage in a legal proceeding, such as a lawsuit. It can mean to bring a lawsuit or to contest one.
The word especially refers to what lawyers do in such a proceeding. In fact, another name for a lawyer is litigator, especially a lawyer who specializes in civil cases. Less commonly, litigator can also be used as a synonym for litigant.
The process of engaging in a legal proceeding is called litigation. To be in litigation typically means to be engaged in a civil legal proceeding (as opposed to a criminal one, in which one is said to be on trial).
Litigant can also be used as an adjective to describe someone engaged in litigation, but this is much less common than its use as a noun.
Example: The litigants have agreed to avoid further litigation and settle out of court.
Where does litigant come from?
The first records of the word litigant come from the 1630s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb lītigāre, meaning “to go to law,” from līt- (a stem of līs, meaning “lawsuit”) and agere, “to carry on.”
Litigators litigate, and litigating often takes the form of carrying on a lawsuit. The parties to such lawsuits are the litigants. Litigation is often expensive and time-consuming (which might be good for the litigators but not so much for their clients, the litigants). For this reason, people often try to avoid litigation when they’re on the wrong end of a lawsuit. Some choose to go through arbitration, which is a process in which a third party helps to settle the dispute.
Litigants who do engage in litigation and present their cases in court can still agree to settle before a decision is reached by the court—meaning they agree to stop litigating and come to a deal on their own (though often still with the help of the litigators).
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How is litigant used in real life?
The word litigant is typically used in the context of lawsuits.
As more and more litigants turn to alternative dispute resolution, experts expect the trend to continue even after the current health crisis is over.https://t.co/ASo4PVwLfr
— Law.com (@lawdotcom) June 23, 2020
If America’s civil courts implemented online dispute resolution, both litigants and the court system could benefit, seeing improvements in customer service, increased efficiency, and reduced costs. https://t.co/5SYYYxkEaf
— Pew States (@PewStates) March 5, 2019
The Herald reports a trend by some lawyers and litigants going “Forum Shopping” for perceived favourable courts or judicial officers who are likely to give them convenient judgements. And we are not supposed to comment about that? Naa, ain’t gonna happen.https://t.co/C4AHgszmk7
— Nick Mangwana (@nickmangwana) June 22, 2020
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Litigant can be used as an adjective.
How to use litigant in a sentence
Generally, judges have discretion over whether to appoint a guardian, though Milstein said judges often rely on guardians to be their “eyes and ears” on matters involving litigants who can’t make decisions for themselves.Parents Want Justice for Birth Injuries. Hospitals Want to Strip Them of the Right to Make That Decision.|by Carol Marbin Miller and Daniel Chang, Miami Herald|April 26, 2021|ProPublica
Without a housing element, she noted, the city would be vulnerable to litigants and judges crafting housing plans.North County Report: Encinitas Is Ready to Comply With State Housing Laws|Jared Whitlock|April 14, 2021|Voice of San Diego
In order to strike down a law under Section 2, litigants must prove that it both produces racially discriminatory results and connects to social and historical discrimination.The Supreme Court Will Hear a Case That Could Weaken What's Left of the Voting Rights Act|Sanya Mansoor|March 1, 2021|Time
It is highly unusual for a judge to call a litigant in a proceeding directly.The Family Court Judge Who Threatened a Mother With Contempt of Court for Getting Her Child a COVID-19 Test|by Marshall Allen, ProPublica, and Rachel Dissell for ProPublica|December 18, 2020|ProPublica
The court simply held the County to the same standard as any other litigant.Obscure Sheriff’s Review Board Gets New Scrutiny in Court|Ashly McGlone|December 3, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Judges are not required to step aside in cases in which they own bonds in one of the parties or receive royalties from a litigant.Law-Breaking Judges Took Cases That Could Make Them Even Richer|Reity O’Brien, Kytja Weir, Chris Young, Center for Public Integrity|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Historically, there is no single litigant more successful in the Supreme Court than the United States.Obama’s Terrible, Awful, Horrible Year at the Supreme Court|Adam Winkler|June 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He had his share of brabbling with intricate litigant neighbors; quarrels now and then not to be settled without strokes.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. III. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
He would frequently, against his own interest, persuade a litigant of the injustice of his case, and induce him to throw it up.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XII|John Lord
The worst cause cannot be so prejudicial to the litigant, as his advocate's or attorney's ignorance or neglect of these forms.
If the poor litigant succeeds in his proceedings, the unsuccessful party pays the costs.The Law and the Poor|Edward Abbott Parry
No counsel was, therefore, at hand to be employed in the defense of a prisoner or litigant.A Prince of Anahuac|James A. Porter