Court Info to Remember

Douglas Howard

One Way a lawsuit can go

First off, a lawsuit is sometimes done when the plaintiff suffers C or P (Compensatory or Punitive) damage from someone else's fault. So, for example, if you were burned by a hot product of a restaurant, you could file a lawsuit, and make the defendant pay to make up for the mistake. The first step in making this happen is hiring a lawyer to file a complaint to the court, called a summons, which shows the court what the issue is and what they are trying to do. Lawyers from both sides later establish pleadings to their case, what they want to prove. The judges have a pre-trial conference in order to get the facts in the case set and show what each sides are going for. There may be a case where there is a mediation in which they come to an agreement and don't fight in court, or arbitration which is almost the same thing except only one person settles the dispute. If not, the case goes to court, and turns into a trial in which both sides present their argument and the judge and jury decide the winner. The preponderance of evidence standards must be met, as in the plaintiff must have a certain amount of evidence to stand trial. The verdict determines the person who has to pay fees. If the person charged with the fees doesnt like the outcome, he/she can appeal to the case. And that in the end shows how lawsuit works!