Relief means a legal remedy.
For example, a party suing a careless driver will likely ask the Court to require the defendant to pay for the damage he caused. In this case, the plaintiff is seeking money damages as relief.
A remedy can also be in the form of injunctive or equitable relief. For example, if a court orders a company to dissolve itself or instructs a restaurant not to play music after 10:00 pm, these remedies would also be considered forms of relief.
Under Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a party filing a Complaint must include a short and plain statement showing why she is entitled to relief from the Court.
The Court dismissed plaintiff’s action because there was no relief that the Court could provide him for the type of injury he alleged.
A lawsuit in federal court may seek different types of relief.« Back to Glossary Index