Civil Procedure

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Main Ideas

  • Both parties in a civil lawsuit must follow certain rules or procedures that describe every step of trial.
  • There are three stages in a civil lawsuit these are: court pleadings, gathering evidence, and trial.
  • Court Pleadings- both parties in the lawsuit give the court and each other, pleadings explanations of their cases.
  • Gathering Evidence- both parties collect evidence, proof that supports their claims.
  • Trial- At trial, both parties present evidence to convivnce a judge or jury that their side is right.
  • Reasons for This Practice-
Money- Filing and conducting a lawsuit is very expensive.

Time- court cases can drag on for years.