13/07/16 The Meaning of ‘ANSWER’ in Legal English

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To laymen this word denotes a reply to a question or a solution to a problem.
In U.S. law, it refers to the first pleading of a defendant addressing the merits of the case.
In G.B., however, answer = (1) a reply to an interrogatory; or (2) an answer to a divorce petition.