Welcome all New Clients!

A guide that can help you get to know the courts a lil' more

Basic facts!

You can't go to the court and debate a decision by yourself, can you?! In all trials there is a Plaintiff and a Defendant! A Plaintiff is the one who brought the Defendant to the trial, the Defendant is the person who believes that they are either not guilty or guilty of what they were accused of.

Civil Case!

It all starts with a Lawyer who files a complaint with the proper court. A complaint is a statement that names both the plaintiff and defendant and describes the lawsuit.

AFTER THE COMPLAINT YOU HAVE BEEN SUMMONED TO COURT! DUH DUH DUNN!

Then comes the Pleadings...

Pleadings are...

the complaint and the answer together

pretrial conferences

When the Judge has both parties in a meeting to help clarify differences and prepare for the trial that is about to take place

an intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it is both an arbitration and a mediation

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preponderance of evidence

the greater weight of the evidence required in a civil (non-criminal) lawsuit

Trials

A trial is 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. Once the jury has decided whether or not a person is guilty, they have reached a verdict. If they didn't say that the person is not guilty, that person may go to higher courts, an appeal.