Ex rel

Ex rel this is an abbreviation of “ex relatione”. The term comes from Latin for “on the relation of.” and it refers to information or legal action taken that is not based on first-hand experience but is based on the statement or account of another person. For example, a criminal charge “ex rel” simply means that the attorney general of a state is prosecuting on the basis of a statement of a person other than the attorney general himself (or herself).

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