Levin Law Firm

a guide to your case

Plaintiff

The plaintiff is your opponent, the person or group which filed a claim against you.

Defendant

You are the defendant. Here at Levin Law Firm we are dedicated to defending your case.

Complaint

The plaintiff's lawyer writes a complaint, which is a statement formally naming the plaintiff and the defendant and also describes the lawsuit being held.

Summons

This is a document that the the defendant recieves to inform her of the charges against her and order her to court at a certain time.

Pleadings

The defendant's attorney may respond with an answer to the complaint. Together, these documents are called pleadings.

Pretrial Conference

Before the trial, the judge may hold a meeting with both parties to prepare for the trial and discover details about the case.

Arbitration

Arbitration is the settlement of an argument. Courts have arbitrators to settle disputes.

Mediation

Mediation is when a dispute is settled through an agreement by an arbitrator.

Trial

The trial determines the guilt or innocence of the defendant. A trial is required if the opposing parties refuse to come to an agreement. The judge or jury comes to a decision after hearing first the argument of the plaintiff, then of the defendant.

Preponderance of Evidence

Preponderance of evidence is the amount of evidence needed for the civil case to be won "beyond a reasonable doubt".

Verdict

The verdict is simply the final decision concerning your case.

Appeal

If the verdict was not in your favor and you think the proceedings were unfair, you may appeal to a higher court in the hope of a different decision.