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Defense (legal) facts for kids

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In civil proceedings and criminal prosecutions under the common law, a defendant may raise a defense (or defence) in an attempt to avoid criminal or civil liability. It is an answer, made by a defendant to a plaintiff's action or a denial of a prosecutor's charges. It is also an answer in equity.

Civil law defenses

Under common law, a defendant may raise any of the numerous defenses to limit or avoid liability. These include:

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