Origin of litigantFrench from Classical Latin litigans
The definition of a litigant is a person who is involved in a lawsuit.
A person who is suing his doctor for malpractice is an example of a litigant.
A party engaged in a lawsuit.
Engaged in a lawsuit.
Origin of litigantFrench from Old French from Latin lītigāns lītigant- a disputant from present participle of lītigāre to bring suit ; see litigate .
- (law) A party suing or being sued in a lawsuit, or otherwise calling upon the judicial process to determine the outcome of a suit.
(comparative more litigant, superlative most litigant)
- Disposed to litigate; contending in law; engaged in a lawsuit.
- the parties litigant
Latin litigans, litigantis.
- In the matter of criminal jurisdiction we paused for a moment at the edict of Milan; but we may at once trace this second or civil branch of episcopal judicature or quasi-judicature down as far as the reign of Charlemagne, when it underwent a fundamental change, and became, if either litigant once chose, no longer a matter of consent but of right.
- By a capitulary he provided that either litigant, without the consent of the other party, and not only at the beginning of a suit but at any time during its continuance, might take the cause from lay cognizance and transfer it to the bishop's tribunal.
- In the Amisgerichi a private litigant may conduct his own case; but where the object of the litigation exceeds 300 marks (g15), and in appeals from the Amisgerichi to the Land gericht, the plaintiff (and also the defendant) must be represented by an advocate Rechtsanwalt.