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defendant- the person accused of a crime
complaint- formal statement naming the defendant and describing the lawsuit
summons- court request for your appearance in court because you are either a witness or a defendant
pleadings- formal written statement of a parties claims or defenses to another parties claims in a civil action
pretrial conference- a meeting of the parties to an action and their attorneys held before the court prior to the commencement of actual courtroom proceedings
mediation- a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects
arbitration- a technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts
trial- a coming together of parties to a dispute to present information in a court setting
preponderance of evidence- the greater weight of the evidence required in a civil lawsuit for the trier of fact to decide in favor of one side or the other
verdict- the finding or answer of a jury given to the court concerning a matter submitted to their judgement
appeal- an application or proceeding for review by a higher tribunal