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Defendant- a person, company, etc., against whom a claim or charge is brought in a court (opposed to plaintiff).
Complaint- the first pleading of the plaintiff in a civil action, stating the cause of action.
Summons- a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer.
Pleadings- the advocating of a cause in a court of law.
Pretrial Conference- a meeting of the parties to a case conducted prior to the trial.
Mediation- a method of resolving an industrial dispute whereby a third party consults with those involved and recommends a solution which is not, however, binding on the parties.
Arbitration- the hearing and determining of a dispute or the settling of differences between parties by a person or persons chosen or agreed to by them.
Trial- the examination before a judicial tribunal of the facts put in issue in a cause, often including issues of law as well as those of fact.
Preponderance of Evidence- a standard of proof that must be met by the plaintiff if he or she is to win a civil action.
Verdict- the finding or answer of a jury given to the court concerning a matter submitted to their judgment.
Appeal- an application or proceeding for review by a higher tribunal.