Need to Know for Court

All the information you will need to know before court

Plaintiff and Defendant

In court, you have a plaintiff. This is the person that brings a case against another in a court of law. The defendant is the person the plaintiff brings the case against. They are the one being accused of a crime.

The plaintiff files a complaint; complaints are pleadings.


Summons, Pretrial conference and Mediation

A summons is sent to the defendant. A summon is a paper that tells the accused when to show up to court and what time. A pretrial conference is the next step where the parties meet prior to the trial. Mediation can be achieved if the dispute is resolved by an arbitrator. The arbitrator acts as a judge in this situation.

Preponderance of Evidence, Verdict and Appeal

You can't go into court accusing someone of something without any evidence. Preponderance of evidence is a standard of proof that must be met in order for the plaintiff to win a case. After the trial is over, a verdict is decided. Not guilty and guilty are two common verdicts. If the defendant thinks the trial was unfair, or had any problem, they can appeal their case to a higher court.