Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Count

In a civil case, each separate statement in the complaint that, standing alone, would support a lawsuit. For example, a complaint might begin with a "first count" for negligence, with detailed factual allegations; a second count for breach of contract, a third count for debt, and so forth. Also known as a "cause of action." In a criminal case, each count is a statement of a different alleged crime.
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