vocab for new clients

Know what these vocabulary words mean so that you can be prepared for your trial.

Plaintiff - person that brings a case against another
Defendant - someone/a company sued or accused in a court of law

Complaint - the plaintiff usually files the complaint

Summons - serve someone with a subpoena

Pleadings - a formal statement of the cause of an action or defense

Pretrial conference - at the conference, parties meet with a judicial officer and try to narrow the issues, find witnesses, discuss how long the trial will be, and the possibility of settlement

Mediation - intervention for a conflict in order to resolve it

Arbitration - the use of an arbitrator to settle a dispute
Trial - a formal examination before a judge, in order to decide guilt in a criminal case or civil proceeding

Prepondenerance of evidence - focuses on more accurate evidence rather than amount of evidence

Verdict - a decision on a disputed issue in a civil or criminal case or an inquest

Appeal - an application to the court for a decision to be reversed

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