The Procedures of Civil Cases
Morgan Whithaus' Law Firm
Have you received a summons? Do you have a complaint you would like to file?
Did you just receive a summons? What in the world is this? A summons is a notice that directs the defendant to appear in court on a certain date at a certain time to answer a complaint. If you received a summons, you are the defendant, or the person who is being accused of wrongdoing.
Ways to not go to trial:
A third party can help the plaintiff and the defendant to reach an agreement without going to court.
A third party will listen to the plaintiff and the defendant and acts like a judge. The third party reviews the case and makes a final decision that is binding for both parties, all without going to court.
If the judge believes that the case may go to court, the judge may call for a pretrial conference. In a pretrial conference, both parties meet to help clarify differences and prepare of the trial.
If you do make it to the trial...
Verdict and Appeal (if needed)
Also, if either party believes that a wrongdoing occurred in the decision of the case, either party may appeal to a higher court to have their case reexamined. We will help you through every step of the way!