Getting Involved in the Law

By: Madison Meyers

What is a Civil Case?

A civil case is a person or group of people taking action against another person or group

What Happens During a Trial...

~First, the plaintiff accuses someone for doing something.

~The accused is considered the defendant.

~The defendant will receive a summons telling them they must go to court to answer a complaint or a charge (a complaint is a notice that there is a lawsuit being brought about)

~The pretrial conference is a conference held before the trial begins to bring the parties together to outline discovery proceedings and to define the issues to be tried

~Pleadings are the statements delivered between the the plaintiff and the defendant until the issue is solved

~If a third party is called in to help the plaintiff and the defendant reach an agreement, it would be considered a meditation

~In a meditation, the third party listens to both the plaintiff and defendants points and makes a decision that is binding for both parties, called an arbitration

~The preponderance of evidence is a more severe test of evidence required to convict in a criminal trial

~The final decision made by the jury is the verdict of the trial

~If the losing court feels something went wrong in the trial, they can call an appeal and ask for a review from a higher court

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