Procedures of a Civil Case

Jessica Stafford


For you to fully understand some things that will be happening in your case you will need to understand the following concepts:

-Plaintiff: A plaintiff is the person who brings the case against another in a court of law.

-Defendant: The defendant is the person being accused of a crime.

So maybe you are the plaintiff or maybe you're the defendant.

-Complaint: A complaint is any form of legal document that sorts out the facts and legal reasons that the filing party believes are sufficient to support a claim against the other party.

This is the document that explains why the plaintiff is filing the civil case.

-Summons: An order to appeal before a judge or magistrate.

-pleadings: A pleading is the action of making an earnest appeal to someone; A formal statement that states the cause of an action.

-Pretrial conference: A pretrial is the meeting of the judge and lawyers to discuss which matters should be presented to the jury.

This is basically a meeting on what they should inform the jury of.

-Mediation: This is simply a intervention in a dispute in order to help resolve it.

-Arbitration: This is the technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts.

-preponderance: Is the decision to decide in favor of one side or another.

-Verdict: The verdict is the decision on a disputed issue in a civil or criminal case.

The verdict is the end result of the case.

-Appeal: An appeal is an application to a higher court for the reversal on the decision of the lower court.

An appeal is a form that is saying you weren't happy with the decision of the lower court and that you want the higher court to go over your case in the hope of a different outcome.