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    In civil suit(action) vs criminal suit(action), can we use the same terms as "plaintiff" and "accused" for both cases?
    Or does each case have different terms?

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    Default Re: plaintiff vs accused

    Different words for different trials. In a crminal case, the prosecution represents the people of the State, or Crown and there is an accused. In a civil case, there is a plaintiff, the complaining party, and the other party is a respondent. That is true in many, but not all jurisdictions, and may be different in the UK.

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    Default Re: plaintiff vs accused

    You will hear "defendant" used for both the accused and the respondent. You can't use "plaintiff" for a criminal suit. You can't used "accused" for a civil suit.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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