The purpose of bringing a lawsuit before the court is for a particular right to be enforced. The litigation process entails the steps taken towards resolving the matter – it could be through negotiations or a trial in court.
The complaint is filed by the plaintiff. The complaint documents must include all the parties to the dispute, a brief description of the facts of the disputed issue, the pertinent legal claims, and specific damages caused by the actions or the lack of action of the defendant.
The defendant is served with the complaint and asked to file a response within a given time framework
- Discovery, settlement conferences, trial, and an appeal
During discovery, parties to the dispute exchange information in a bid to gather evidence. Although there are given timelines, discovery is the most time-consuming part of the litigation process. The settlement conference is where the parties or their attorneys meet to try and resolve all or part of the issues in the litigation. It helps to reduce the time the case would have taken before a judge.
The trial may happen before a jury, or it could be a bench trial (where the judge decides the case alone). Both parties must provide consent to proceed to the trial by submitting a trial brief. If a party in the litigation is not content with the decision of the jury, or the judge, he or she may appeal to a higher court.
No one can downplay the importance of having a good litigator. He or she will not only represent you but also handle all the stages of the litigation process. To become a litigator, one must pursue a bachelor’s degree in law, pass LSAT, obtain a Juris Doctor Degree, take the bar exam, and finally, gain job experience by applying for entry level employment as a litigation attorney,
About Karl Heideck
Karl Heideck is into general practice as a litigator. You may find him at Pepper Hamilton LLP or Jenkintown Law Firms. Karl has held his practicing license for eight years and counting.
Karl undertook his Bachelor of Arts degree at Swarthmore College. He then proceeded to Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law where he pursued Juris Doctor Degree. Karl Heideck has many skills in law such as civil litigation, corporate law, litigation, appeals, trials and intellectual property among many others.
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