Your Guide To Civil Law
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Some Important Terms You'll Need to Know
What's a Plaintiff?
A plaintiff is defined as the accuser of a crime perpetrated against them, and the person or party who files the lawsuit.
A defendant; who they are and what their role is
Someone or a group who is being charged with a crime or filed a law suit against; their role is to prove their innocence.
Complaints and how they work
A complaint is the name given to a formal statement naming the plaintiff and the defendant, and describes the lawsuit.
What's a summon?
Summons are the documents telling a person/party of the suit being filed against them, the location and date of when they are to appear in court.
Pretrial Conferences and what they are
A pretrial conference is the situation in which a judge calls a meeting where both parties in a case are present to clarify both sides' differences and help prepare for the trial ahead.
Mediation and what it is
A mediation is a situation involving a third party who attempts to help both parties reach an agreement.
How Arbitration Works
Arbitration is a situation where a 3rd party listens and attempts to reach a decision binding the two parties involved.
What is an appeal?
When a party loses a case, they reserve the right to request an appeal, which is a review of the trial's proceedings in order to determine whether or not to send it to a higher court.
Preponderance of Evidence
This is a standard of proof that must be met by a plaintiff if they are to win the court case.