Module 7 Lesson 2 Mastery
Guiding you through civil court
Main roles in civil court
Defendant - an individual, company, or institution sued or accused in a court of law.
Complaint - a statement that a situation is unsatisfactory or unacceptable.
Summons - an order to appear before a judge or magistrate, or the writ containing it.
Pleadings - a formal statement of the cause of an action or defense.
Pretrial Conference - a meeting of the parties to a case conducted prior to trial
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
Prepondence of evidence - required in a civil (non-criminal) lawsuit for the trier of fact (jury or judge without a jury) to decide in favor of one side or the other
Verdict - a decision on a disputed issue in a civil or criminal case or an inquest.
Appeal - apply to a higher court for a reversal of the decision of a lower court.