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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