Definition of RECONVENTION


RECONVENTION

civ. law. An action brought by a party who is
defendant against the plaintiff before the same judge. Reconventio est petitio
qua reus vicissim, quid ab actore petit, ex eadem, vel diversa causa. Voet, in
tit. de Judiciis, n. 78; 4 N. S. 439. To entitle the defendant to institute a
demand in reconvention, it is requisite that such demand, though different from
the main action, be nevertheless necessarily connected with it and incidental
to the same. Code of Pr. Lo. art. 375; 11 Lo. R. 309; 7 N. S. 282; 8 N. S.
516.


2. The reconvention of the civil law was a species of cross-bill. Story,
Eq. Pl. §402. See Conventio; Bill in chancery. Vide Demand in
reconvention.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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