Unit Seven Mastery Two Assignment

For New Clients

Plaintiff- An individual or a group of people who bring a complaint against another party

Defendant- The person being arrested and accused of a crime

Complaint- A formal statement naming the plaintiff and the defendant and describing the nature of the lawsuit

Summons- A document that informs a person or group of a lawsuit against them and orders them to appear in court on a given date and time

Pleadings- The complaint and the answer together

Pretrial conference- a meeting called by a judge between both parties in a civil case to help clarify differences between the two sides

Mediation- The use of a third party, called a mediator, who encourages both sides in a dispute to continue negotiating and often makes suggestions for resolving the dispute

Arbitration- Is when a person acts like a judge and makes decision that is binding for both parties.

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.

Preponderance of evidence-

Verdict- the jury's decision

Appeal- apply to a higher court for a reversal of the decision of a lower court.

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