module 7 lesson 2

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terms of the court

plaintiff: person filling a lawsuit
summons: court request for the appearance in court because the person is either a witness or a defendant
pretrial conference: a meeting of the parties to an action and their attorneys held before the court prior to commencement of actual courtroom proceedings
arbitration: 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.
preponderance of evidence: a standard of proof that must be met by a plaintiff if he or she is win a civil action
appeal: if the losing party believes something went wrong in the case, they can ask for a review from a higher court.
complaint: formal statement naming the defendant and describing the lawsuit.
pleadings: the complaint and the answer combined in a civil case.
mediation: situation in which a third party helps the plaintiff and defendant reach an agreement.
trial: judicial examination and determination of facts and legal issues arising between parties to a civil or criminal action
verdict: decision in a case made by judge or jury
defendant: individual or group being sued or charged with crime. they may respond to charges by having their own attorney answer charges.

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