EW at Law
A Simple Guide To Law
A formal notice that a lawsuit is being brought.
A notice directing someone to appear in court to answer a complaint or charge.
The complaint and the answer combined in a civil case.
A meeting of the parties to an action and their attorneys held before the court prior to the commencement of actual courtroom proceedings.
Situation in which a third party helps the plaintiff and defendant reach an agreement.
Situation in which a third party listens to the plaintiff and defendant, reviews that case and makes a final decision that is binding for both parties.
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
A standard of proof that must be met by a plaintiff if he or she is to win a civil action. This preponderance is based on the more convincing evidence and its probable truth or accuracy, and not on the amount of evidence.
Decision in a case made by a judge or jury.
If the losing party believes something went wrong in the case, they can ask for a review from a higher court.