Penal Action

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Meaning of Penal Action

An action for penalty , damages or sums of money awarded to the aggrieved party by way of penalty and not by way of compensation.

Penal Action Alternative Definition

An action for recovery of statute penalty; penalty in this case being used in its narrowest sense of a pecuniary punishment for a noncriminal act. 3 Steph. Comm. 535. See Hawk. P. C. Informatio. It is distinguished from a popular or qui tarn action, in which the action is brought by the informer, to whom part of the penalty goes. A penal action or information is brought by an officer, and the penalty goes to the king. 1 Chit. Gen. Prac. 25, note; 2 Archb. Prac. 188.

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