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Terms you need to be familiar with

Plaintiff- a person who brings a case against another in a court of law
Defendant- person accused of a crime in criminal prosecution
Complaint- formal statement naming the plaintiff and defendant which describes the lawsuit
Summons- a document telling the defendant of the suit against he/she
Pleadings- the complaint and the answer together
Pretrial conference- meeting that both parties attend where they clarify differences and prepare for the trial
Mediation- a dispute solved by setting an independent person between two contending parties in order to aid their disagreement
Arbitration- is a private, judicial determination of a dispute, by an independent third party
Trial- a formal examination of evidence before a judge and jury to decide guilt or innocence
Preponderance of evidence- the greater amount of evidence required to convict or acquit the accused
Verdict- the decision of the dispute in court(innocent or guilty)
Appeal- to ask a higher court to review a case after judgement from the lower court

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