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Civil Litigation

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

Everything you need to know about civil litigation

Civil litigation is a process through which individuals and businesses can seek resolution for disputes in court. It involves two or more parties filing lawsuits against each other, usually with the intention of seeking money damages or some other form of legal remedy. While most people are familiar with criminal law, civil law is an equally important part of the justice system.


Let’s take a look at what civil litigation entails.


What You Need to Know About Civil Litigation

 

Understanding Civil Litigation

Civil litigation is a legal dispute between two or more parties that occurs when one party attempts to seek compensation or some other form of relief from another party. The purpose of civil litigation is to resolve disputes through negotiated settlements, mediation, arbitration, or trial by jury. In civil cases, the plaintiff (the person filing the lawsuit) must prove their case in order to win compensation or enforce a contract. Depending on the jurisdiction and specific facts at issue, civil cases can be heard either in federal or state courts.


Types of Civil Litigation

Civil litigation can involve virtually any type of dispute between two or more parties—from small claims matters involving relatively minor disputes over money owed to complex business transactions that require detailed analysis and expert testimony. Some common types of civil litigation include contract disputes; property rights violations; personal injury cases such as auto accidents and medical malpractice; wrongful death actions; employment-related issues; consumer protection matters; intellectual property infringement allegations; and environmental law issues.


Legal Representation

Civil litigation can be complicated and time consuming so it’s important to have experienced legal representation if you find yourself involved in a dispute with another party over money damages or some other legal matter. An experienced attorney will be able to assess your situation and provide guidance on how best to proceed with your case as well as advise you on potential risks associated with going to court. A good lawyer will also be able to negotiate settlements on your behalf if that’s an option for resolving the dispute without having to go all the way through trial proceedings—which can save both time and money for all parties involved. Civil litigation is an important part of our justice system, providing individuals and businesses alike with a means for resolving disputes and seeking relief from each other in court when necessary.


If you find yourself involved in a dispute that has potential monetary damages at stake, it’s important to consult with an experienced attorney who understands civil law so you can make sure your interests are protected throughout the process. An experienced lawyer will help you navigate the complexities of civil litigation so that you can get the best possible outcome for your case.


Beal & Hebert's experience team is here to help. Call 337-991-6263 for more information.

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