In a lawsuit, the court and parties present evidence and witnesses to determine whether the defendant is legally liable for the claim. The judge or jury then renders a decision. In some cases, the plaintiff has the burden of proof, while in others the defendant may have the burden of proof. Both parties have attorneys, and attorneys are responsible for drafting the trial strategy. They need to ensure that all of the elements of the case are met before presenting evidence and witnesses at trial.
A lawsuit begins with the proper service of a complaint or summons. The plaintiff is the one who files the lawsuit, while the defendant has the right to appeal the decision of the judge. Before a lawsuit starts, the plaintiff or defendant must establish the basis of their claim and seek a monetary or non-monetary remedy.
A lawsuit can take anywhere from six months to years to complete. The timeframe will vary based on the amount of money at stake. The smaller the amount of money involved, the quicker the lawsuit can be resolved. Additionally, witnesses can be called to testify at any time during the lawsuit. A civil lawsuit’s timeline can vary depending on state laws and the rules of civil procedure. If you’re unsure about the timeline for a lawsuit, it is best to ask an attorney about the process.
A civil lawsuit can end in a jury trial. However, it may also end in a settlement, which involves the parties agreeing to resolve the difference between the parties without a trial. Settlements, on the other hand, typically involve the payment of compensation by one party to the other.