In a complaint, the filing party is called the Plaintiff and the accused party is called the Defendant. There can be multiple plaintiffs or defendants in a case. There are various civil petitions that can be filed. In petitions the filing party is the petitioner and the opposing parties are called respondents. Examples of civil petitions include name changes, restraining orders, and petitions for a writ of review to name a few. The laws governing civil matters are established by the State Legislature in the Government Code (GC), Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) and the Civil Code (CC). Rules are established that further define business practices and court processes. The California Rules of Court (CRC) and local rules published by each Court in the state are available online to view.