Definitions of file a petition
to give a written application to a court requesting a legal remedy (=the enforcement of a right, imposition of a penalty, payment of compensation or making some other court order)
She filed a petition for divorce.
Phrase Bank for file a petition
Mrs. Doughty filed a petition with the court to have her parental rights restored.
They filed a petition with the Environmental Authority requesting that the park be cleaned up.
Mehmet’s family filed a series of petitions about his disappearance to the authorities.
The bankrupt (=having no money) intends to file a petition for an arrangement with his creditors (=those owed money).
Additional Notes for file a petition
A petitioner is someone who files a petition, and also a synonym for appellant in some jurisdictions.
A petition is also a formal request signed by several people made to a government official, organisation or individual, to stop a particular action or demanding that action be taken about something. The handing over of such a petition to the person/institution to which it is addressed, is referred to as submitting a petition.