Lauren's Law Firm
Preparing New Clients for What's Ahead!
What You Need to Know
The plaintiff is the person or party filing a lawsuit. You are the defendant; the individual or group being sued or charged for a crime. You will be sent a complaint, which is a formal notice that a lawsuit is being brought. You will also receive a summons, or a notice directing you to appear in court to answer a complaint or a charge. The pleadings is the complaint and answer combined in a civil case. There will be a pretrial conference, which is a meeting of the judge and lawyers to discuss which matters should be presented to the jury, to review evidence and witnesses, to set a timetable, and to discuss the settlement of the case. One option is to have a mediation, which is a situation in which a third party helps you and the plaintiff reach an agreement. The other option is an arbitration, or a situation in which a third party listens to the plaintiff and defendant, reviews the case and makes a final decision that is binding for both parties. There will be a trial which 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. Then there will be the preponderance of evidence: the greater weight of the evidence required in a civil lawsuit for the trier of fact to decide in favor of one side or the other. Lastly, the verdict will come. It is decision in the case made by a judge or jury. If you lose and believe something went wrong in the case, you can appeal, or ask for a review from a higher court. We hope you will choose to have us handle your case.