Module 7 Lesson 2 Mastery Assignment

Law Firm Vocabulary


plaintiff- a person who brings a case against another in a court of law
defendant- an individual, company, or institution sued or accused in a court of law
complaint- a statement that a situation is unsatisfactory or unacceptable
summons- an order to appear before a judge or magistrate, or the writ containing it
pleadings- the action of making an emotional or earnest appeal to someone
pretrial conference- (law) 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
mediation- intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it; arbitration
arbitration- the use of an arbitrator to settle a dispute
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
prepondenerance of evidence- the greater weight of the evidence required in a civil (non-criminal) lawsuit for the trier of fact (jury or judge without a jury) to decide in favor of one side or the other
verdict- a decision on a disputed issue in a civil or criminal case or an inquest
appeal- make a serious or urgent request, typically to the public