proceed against

proceed against someone or something

 
1. to begin to move against someone or something. The entire platoon proceeded against the single enemy soldier who refused to surrender. The army proceeded against the fortress as planned.
2. to start legal action against someone or something. The district attorney will proceed against the suspect next week. The state prosecutor will proceed against the company as soon as one of the witnesses is located.
See also: proceed
References in classic literature ?
The old man could not proceed against them, and they were afraid to proceed against him.
But when it is necessary for him to proceed against the life of someone, he must do it on proper justification and for manifest cause, but above all things he must keep his hands off the property of others, because men more quickly forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.
Having made the discovery, he took no advantage of it till the news reached him of Sir Percival's death, and then, as I told you, he acted for himself, because he believed you would next proceed against the dead man's partner in the conspiracy.
The creditor is at liberty to sell your property, and proceed against you according to the law.
During the hearing, head of two-member bench Justice Faisal Arab remarked that we did not conduct proceeding in this case for the last ten months and we want to proceed against all four co-accused simultaneously.
ISLAMABAD -- The Special Court will announce today (Friday) judgment on the plea filed by former President General (R) Pervez Musharaf, seeking his acquittal in the high treason case as well as to involve coaccused in the matter and proceed against those people who advised him for imposing emergency on November 3, 2007.
Saini said there is enough incriminating material on record to proceed against all the accused, including DMK supremo M.
The court also said that judgement had not taken away CBI's power to proceed against her in a separate Disproportionate Assets case.
Responding to a question he said Supreme Court is asking the federal government to proceed against Pervez Musharraf.
The chief justice ordered the FIA to proceed against the two sponsors and establish who authorised them to fund pilgrims on the government's behalf.
Offering no evidence against Murray, prosecutor Tim Gittins said that having reviewed the case it was felt it was not in the public interest to proceed against him.
An attorney from Philadelphia endeavored to collect losses owed by these companies and appealed to the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance, which responded that the courts will only proceed against the mutual fire insurance companies that respond with nulla bona--"having no money.
How to proceed against the institutionalized Chinese system?
She did rule, though, that the parents' lawsuit could proceed against four psychiatrists at MIT and two university administrators who are not mental health professionals.
Mr Justice Paul Carney said the case should not proceed against Conor Grogan, 26, of Avonbeg Park, Tallaght, Dublin.