penal action

noun

: an action by the state or a private party that is for the purpose of imposing a statutorily prescribed penalty on one who violates a law and that is punitive rather than remedial in nature
also : a criminal prosecution

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“Penal action.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/penal%20action. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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