pleading. In a plea, the defendant says, " And the said
C D, by E F, his attorney, comes, and defends, &c. The word comes, venit,
expresses the appearance of the defendant , in court. It is taken from the
style of the entry of the proceedings on the record, and formed no part
of the viva voce pleading. It is, accordingly, not considered as, in strictness,
constituting a part of the Plea. 1 Chit. Pl. 411; Steph. Pl. 432.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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