Johnson Law Firm

By: Ernaya Johnson

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If you have just received your summons to appear in court, and don't know what to do, contact Johnson Law Firm and we'll help you see it through!
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Civil Case Proceedings

A complaint is filed by a plaintiff's lawyer. The court sends a summons, notifying the defendant that they are due in court on a specified day and at a specified time. The defendant may respond to the charges by having their own attorney answer charges. The lawyers on both sides gather evidence to help their case, and they exchange pleadings in response to the accusation. Most cases are settled out of court. Mediation may be held to try to help both sides reach a voluntary agreement, through the use of a neutral third party, a mediator. Arbitration is another way disputes are resolved outside of court. An impartial third party, arbitrator, will make a decision on the case, usually on the basis of written information; though a hearing may occur. A judge will hold a pretrial conference with both parties in a meeting, if he or she thinks the case will go to court. If a settlement is not reached, the case will go on trial. The two sides will appear in court, in front of a jury and judge, to present his/her's side of the case. The jury will determine which party has preponderance of evidence, and return a verdict in its favor. If a party is not satisfied with the verdict, they have the right to appeal to a higher court.

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