Levin Law Firm
a guide to your case
The plaintiff is your opponent, the person or group which filed a claim against you.
You are the defendant. Here at Levin Law Firm we are dedicated to defending your case.
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.
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.
The defendant's attorney may respond with an answer to the complaint. Together, these documents are called pleadings.
Before the trial, the judge may hold a meeting with both parties to prepare for the trial and discover details about the case.
Arbitration is the settlement of an argument. Courts have arbitrators to settle disputes.
Mediation is when a dispute is settled through an agreement by an arbitrator.
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".
The verdict is simply the final decision concerning your case.
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.