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For New Clients

Be Prepared

Vocabulary you need to know, so you are prepared for what's ahead; plaintiff, defendant, complaint, summons, pleadings, pretrial conference, mediation, arbitration, trial, preponderance of evidence, verdict, and appeal.

Study Definitions

Plaintiff- a person who brings a case against another in a court of law.

Defendant- a person arrested/accused of a crime.

Complaint- any formal document that sets out facts and legal reasons.

Summons-an order to appear before a judge or magistrate, or the writ containing it.

Pleadings- formal statements of the cause of an action or defense.

Pretrial conference- if the defendant answers the complaint,the parties will meet with a judicial officer in an attempt to narrow the issues, determine the number of witnesses to be called, the length of the trial, and to discuss the possibility of settlement.

More Definitions

Mediation-intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it; arbitration.

Arbitration-the use of an arbitrator to settle a dispute.

Trial-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.

Preponderance of evidence- A standard of proof that must be met by a plaintiff if he or she is to win a civil action.

Verdict-the jury's decision.

Appeal-apply to a higher court for a reversal of the decision of a lower court.

Breathe

Just breathe, I know you are probably going through a lot. Going to court is very stressful and heart-pumping. Even if you haven't done anything wrong, you feel the stares of the jury members and judge. My fellow lawyers and I will be there with you, you can count on us.