January_15th - PLS 320: AMERICAN JUDICIAL PROCESS A. CIVIL...

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    PLS 320: AMERICAN JUDICIAL PROCESS A. CIVIL TRIAL COURTS IN THE UNITED  STATES B. THE ROLE OF LAWYERS
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    In This Presentation AN OVERVIEW OF CIVIL COURTS AND  CIVIL CASES DECIDING WHETHER TO LITIGATE THE LITIGATION PROCESS AND  PARTICIPANTS WHO ARE LAWYERS AND WHAT DO  THEY DO? SOME THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN  CLARENCE THOMAS BOOK
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    What is a Civil Case? Major Types of Cases  (Mostly these are cases  between private parties—private law) Contract Cases  Personal Injury Domestic Relations Estate or Probate Remedies Damages (Compensatory and Punitive) Restitution (Returning or Restoring of Property) Coercion Declaration (or Termination) of Rights
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    Participants in a Civil Case Trial Court Judges—are usually both Presiders and  Finders of Fact Juries—participate in only one-ninth of all civil cases Attorneys—participate in most major cases, but in few  minor cases (Specialization) Plaintiffs Defendents Witnesses (including specialists—social workers,  accountants, etc.)
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    Stages of a Civil Case (Exhibit 7.2) 1. Filing a Complaint 2. Serving of Process on the Defendant (Informing him of the  complaint) 3. Filing an Answer by Defendant 4. Discovery (Depositions, Interrogatories, Discovery of  Documents and Materials) 5. Pretrial Conference and Pretrial Order 6. Trial 7. Verdict on Liability and the Remedy 8. Post-trial Motions 9. Compliance and Enforcement
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