Tyson Law Firm

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305 Edenton Road Street

Hertford, NC 27944

Our Vision

At Tyson Law Firm we believe our clients need to know how the court system works. Drew Tyson is our head lawyer and works very hard to educate his clients. He will help you understand the key terms that are used everyday in court cases. He is your man!

Key Terms Used in the Courtroom

Read over these key terms to get a better understanding of words you may hear when you go to trial.


Plaintiff- the term used in some jurisdictions for the party who initiates a lawsuit before a court

Defendant-any person accused of committing an offense, an act defined as punishable under criminal law

Complaint-any formal legal document that sets out the facts and legal reasons that the filing party or parties believes are sufficient to support a claim against the party or parties against whom the claim is brought the defendant that entitles the plaintiff to a remedy

Summons-an order to appear before a judge or magistrate, or the writ containing it.

Pleadings-formal written statement of a party's claims or defenses to another party's claims

Pretrial conference-meeting of the parties to an action and their attorneys held before the court prior to the commencement of actual courtroom proceeding

Mediation-a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself

Arbitration-form of alternative dispute resolution, is a technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts, where the parties to a dispute refer it to one or more persons, by whose decision they agree to be bound

Trial- a formal examination of evidence before a judge, and typically before a jury, in order to decide guilt in a case of criminal or civil proceedings

Preponderance of evidence-the greater weight of the evidence required in a civil lawsuit for the trial of fact to decide in favor of one side or the other

Verdict-the decision in a court case

Appeal-apply to a higher court for a reversal of the decision of a lower court.

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Phone: (252)333-LAWS

email: tysonlawfirm@gmail.com