by Meredith Richards
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Types of Lawsuits
- Suits of equality: a person or group seeks fair treatment in a situation where there is no existing law to help decide the matter.
The judge may order the defendant of case to pay the following fees:
- Fees charged by expert witness
- Court reporter fees
- Costs of constructing exhibits
- Reproduction costs
- Miscellaneous legal costs
Steps in a Civil Case
You hire a lawyer who files a complaint with the proper court.
Complaint: formal statement naming the plaintiff and the defendant and describes the lawsuit.
The court then sends a summons
Summons: A document telling the defendant of the suit against her and orders her to appear in court on a certain day and time.
Defendant may respond to the charges by having my own attorney "answer" to the complaint.
Pleadings: the complaint and the answer together
Pre-trial discussions: judge might have both parties in a meeting to help clarify differences and prepare for the trial.
Your case is really strong and I just offer you a settlement.
If the parties do not settle the case goes to trial.
The verdict is the decision.
Either I have to pay or I win and plaintiff (you) get nothing and you have to pay court costs.
Final step is to appeal.
Arbitration: the use of an arbitrator to settle a dispute.
Preponderance of Evidence: the greater weight of evidence.