Murphy Law Firm
Created By: Chasity Murphy
We specialize in civil law!
Plaintiffs! We'll help you file a lawsuit.
Defendants! We'll help you if you're being sued or charged.
Things to Know Before Filing a Lawsuit
Summons: This is a notice directing someone to appear in court to answer a complaint or a charge.
Pleadings: The complaint and the answer combined in a civil case.
Trial: This is a formal examination of evidence of evidence before a judge, and typically before a jury in order to decide guilt in a case or criminal or civil proceedings.
Verdict: This is the decision in a case made a judge or jury
Appeal: If you don't like the court's final decision, you can ask for a review from a higher court by appealing.
Mediation: May be needed if a situation in which a third party helps the plaintiff and defendant reach an agreement
Arbitration: Needed if a situation in which a third party listens to the plaintiff and defendant, reviews that case and makes a final decision that is binding for both parties
Pretrial Conference: A short hearing where the Judge informs the parties of the steps necessary to get ready for trial.
Preponderance of evidence: The evidence required in a civil lawsuit for the trier of fact to decide in favor of one side or the other.