Civil Law - Civil Law Civil Lawsuits The plaintiff claims a...

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Civil Law Civil Lawsuits The plaintiff claims a loss or personal image and seeks ‘damages’ Damages are an award of money from the defendant The defendant argues that the losses never happened, or that they weren’t responsible. Civil lawsuits often involve negligence: Negligence means carelessness. Process of Civil Cases Hire a lawyer The lawyer files the complaint A statement naming the plaintiff and defendant which describes the lawsuit The court sends a summons Or a document announcing the defendant has been sued. The defendant’s attorney may file an ‘answer’ Explains why they are not responsible or admitting to the
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Unformatted text preview: charges • Discovery – the process of the lawyers checking facts and gathering evidence through questioning before a trial • Pretrial conference: meeting between the judge and the two sides: – Drop suit – Defendant offers settlement – Mediation • a mediator helps resolve dispute – Arbitration • an arbitrator resolves the dispute • Trial – most cases never make it this far – Sometimes with a jury – Both sides present their case – If plaintiff wins: a remedy is set (i.e. damages, etc.) – If defendant wins: you have to pay court costs for both sides of the lawsuit • Can appeal the verdict...
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  • Spring '12
  • Alexander
  • Law

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