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Formerly the party who filed an initiatory PLEADING (a formal declaration of a claim) in an ecclesiastical or religious matter or in an ADMIRALTY case, corresponding to the plaintiff in actions at law.

Since 1966, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Supplementary Admiralty Rules have governed admiralty actions, which are presently commenced by complaint.

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