Cause of action

Filed Under: Civil Litigation; Torts

3 definitions found for this term.
Definitions are presented in the order source books were published (most recent first).


A factual situation, the existence of which entitles a person to bring legal proceedings against another person and secure a remedy.


The basis in law and fact which enables a person to launch a case and request judicial attention to it. For example, in a section 15 Charter case, the claimant would have to demonstrate (a) that the Charter applies to her situation, and (b) that her section 15 equality rights have been infringed by some law or policy.


The legal basis underlying the plaintiff’s civil suit against the defendant.

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