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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.
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.