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Kelly Lathe; Module 7 Lesson 2 Mastery

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The Process

A plaintiff, or person filing the lawsuit, will accuse the defendant, or person that is charged or sued, with a crime. The defendant will receive a summons, or notice directing someone to appear in court to answer the complaint/charge, and a complaint, or formal notice that a lawsuit is being brought.

Both sides will be combined to form the pleadings, or complaint and answer combined in a civil case. A pretrial conference, or a meeting of the parties to an action and their attorneys held before the court before the commencement of actual courtroom proceedings, will be held. The mediation, or situation in which a third party helps the plaintiff and defendant reach an agreement, and arbitration, or situation in which a third party listens to the plaintiff and the defendant, reviews the case and makes a final decision that is binding for both parties, will occur.

The trial will then be held and the preponderance of evidence, or proof that the crime was committed by the defendant, will be given. The verdict will be announced and the possibility of an appeal, or the situation in which the losing party believes something went wrong in the case and they ask for a review from a higher court, can be pursued.