N. Manning's law firm
This is my, Nia Manning, law firm. Please read this brochure to gain a better idea of what occurs at this law firm and what terms that you will encounter in your journey here.
The Plaintiff, and the Defendant
Both the plaintiff and the defendant are very important in a trial, here are the roles:
- The Plaintiff has the roll for being the person who brings a case against another in account of the law.
- The Defendant is an individual, company, or institution sued or accused in a court of law.
Complaints, Summons, and Pleadings.
- Complaints means that it's a statement that a situation is unsatisfactory or unacceptable.
- A summon is a document telling the defendant of the suit against her and order her to appear in court on a certain day and time. This is the response to the complaint.
- A pleading is a formal statement of the cause of an action or defense. This is the complaint and the answer combined.
In Pretrial Discussions the judges might have both parties in a meeting to help clarify differences and prepare for the trial. But, it is a conference held before the trial begins to bring the parties together to outline discovery proceedings and to define the issues to be tried; more useful in civil than in criminal cases.
Mediations and Arbitrations
Mediations and Arbitrations are pretty similar.
- A Mediation is an intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it. Basically an arbitration, or something similar to it.
- An Arbitration use an arbitrator to settle a dispute.
Preponderance of Evidence
A Preponderance of Evidence is a standard of proof that must be met by a plaintiff if he/she is to win a civil action.
Verdicts and Appeals
During a verdict, this is the judge's final decision during a trial. But, in an appeal, this means to either apply to a higher court for a decision to be reversed (verb), or it is an application to a higher court for a decision to be reversed (noun).