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In the practice of law, all suits are called actions. A proceeding in a court of law. Modernly this term is inclusive of recoupment, counterclaim, set-off, suit in equity, and any other proceeding in which rights are determined. Actions are divided into criminal and civil. A criminal action is a prosecution in a court of justice in the name of the government, against one or more individuals accused of a crime. A civil action is a legal demand of one's right, or it is the form given by law for the recovery of that which is due. Until judgment is entered any suit is properly called an action, but not after, and therefore, a release of all actions is regularly no bar of all execution. Real actions are those brought for the specific recovery of lands, tenements, or hereditaments. They are either droitural, when the demandant seeks to recover the property; or possessory when he endeavors to obtain the possession. Real Actions are, Writs of right; Writs of entry, Writs ancestral possessory. These actions have largely been replaced by those personal and mixed.


Personal actions are those brought for the specific recovery of goods and chattels; or ...

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