One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who brings a public lawsuit, typically in the name of the Attorney General, regarding the abuse of an office or franchise.
- ‘Your Honour, that is not unusual, of course, in the course of relator actions but it possibly creates difficulties.’
- ‘Public nuisance is a tort as well as a crime but civil proceedings may be brought only with the consent of the Attorney-General on a relator action.’
- ‘Because then we would have had a so-called controversy between the Attorney-General, the relators and a judge who, by our convention, simply submits to the will of this Court, the orders of the Court.’
- ‘Your Honour, may I answer the question perhaps on behalf of the relators?’
- ‘He has to exercise a discretion, and he has to decide whether, in his view, it is in the public interest that the relator should be able to bring proceedings in the particular respect.’
2variant spelling of relater
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