Shetley's Law Firm


Welcome and thank you for choosing Shetley's Law Firm. This brochure will help guide through your time here. The following are things that you must know, now that you have chosen this career. We wish you the best of luck!

Plaintiff: A plaintiff is a person who brings a case against another person in court of law. This means they have sued or accused another of a crime.

*Example*: The plaintiff accused the other woman of stealing from the pocketbook.

Defendant: The defendant is the person or company that has been sued or accuse of a crime.

*Example*:The defendant stated that she most certainly did not steal from the plaintiff.

Complaint: A complaint is any formal legal document that sets out the facts and reasons that the filing party believes are sufficient to support a claim against the defendants.

*Example*: The complain was that money was taken from the pocketbook.

Summons: An order to appear before a judge or magistrate.

*Example*: The woman was given a summons for June 11th.

Pleadings: The action of making an emotional of earnest appeal to somebody.

*Example*: The pleadings seemed rather fake to most people.

Pretrial Conference: A meeting of the judge and lawyers to discuss which matters should be presented to the jury to review evidence and witnesses to set timetable and to discuss the settlement of the case.

*Example*: The pretrial took much longer than expected because there was uncertainty of what to present to the jury.

Mediation: A way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects.

*Example*: There seemed to be no mediation for the two woman.

Arbitration: The use of an arbitrator to settle a dispute.

*Example*: Because there didn't seem to be a perfect mediation, an arbitration was used.

Trial: A formal examination of evidence before a judge, and typically before a jury, in order to decide guilt in a case of criminal or civil proceedings.

*Example*: The trial was set for the middle of July.

Preponderance of Evidence: A standard of proof that must be met by a plaintiff if he or she is to win a civil action.

*Example*: The plaintiff did not meet the preponderance of evidence.

Verdict: A decision on a disputed issue in a civil or criminal case or an inquest.

*Example*: The verdict came back as not guilty.

Appeal: Make a serious or urgent request, typically to the public.

*Example*: The public defender wouldn't let Petunia make an appeal in "The Three Blind Mice: The Wife v. The Mice".