The Legal Process

By Xavier Phipps

Plaintiff

the plaintiff is the person who is suing the other person. The plaintiff is usually seeking legal remedy to a problem they had with the other person.

Defendant

The defendant is the person who answers the lawsuit against him.

Complaint

A complaint is the legal document that usually contains the facts and legal reasons behind a case.

Summons

a judicial summon is sent to the defendant to inform them that they have been sued and need to attend court.

Pleadings

the pleading is a document submitted by the court that states what the claims and defenses are in a case

Pretrial Conference

a meeting of the defendant and plaintiff and their attorneys held before the court prior to the commencement of the actual courtroom proceedings.

Mediation

a alternate way to settle a court case in which mediator gets the plaintiff and defendant to agree on settling terms.

Arbitration

a third party listens to the arguments of the defendant and the plaintiff and makes a final decision that is binding for both parties.

Trial

a trial is a formal examination by a judge usually in front of a jury to find the guilt of the defendant.

Preponderance of evidence

the person making a claim must have evidence against the defendant.

Verdict

the verdict is the legal decision that is made in court by a judge or jury.

Appeal

if the losing party believes the verdict was wrong they can file an appeal to a higher court to review the case.