By: Kristin Casey
North Carolina Attorney
As your attorney, we will assist you the plaintiff to build your complaint against the defendant. The court system will deliver a summons to the defendant. We will assist with pretrial conferences, mediation, and arbitration before the trial as necessary. We will work with the courts and other attorneys to create pleadings, and any other necessary documentation to meet the prepondenerance of evidence to make you successful. A verdict will be given by a judge and/or jury. If necessary we will be prepared to make an appeal on your behalf.
plaintiff - a person who brings a case against another in a court of law
defendant - a person or entity accused of a crime in criminal prosecution or a person or entity against whom some type of civil relief is being sought in a civil case.
complaint - formal legal document that sets out the facts and legal reasons that the filing party or parties (the plaintiff(s)) believes are sufficient to support a claim against the party or parties against whom the claim is brought (the defendant(s)) that entitles the plaintiff(s) to a remedy (either money damages or injunctive relief).
summons - an order to appear before a judge or magistrate, or the writ containing it.
pleadings - a formal statement of the cause of an action or defense. includes the complaints and answers
pretrial conference - A meeting of the parties to an action and their attorneys held before the court prior to the commencement of actual courtroom proceedings
mediation - intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it; arbitration.
arbitration - the use of an arbitrator to settle a dispute
trial - In law, a trial is a coming together of parties to a dispute, to present information (in the form of evidence) in a tribunal, a formal setting with the authority to adjudicate claims or disputes.
prepondenerance of evidence - A standard of proof that must be met by a plaintiff if he or she is to win a civil action.
verdict - a decision on a disputed issue in a civil or criminal case or an inquest.
appeal - apply to a higher court for a reversal of the decision of a lower court.