Civil Proceedings:

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civil proceeding:
(often plural) (17c)

1. A judicial hearing, session, or lawsuit in which the purpose is to decide or delineate private rights and remedies, as in a dispute between litigants in a matter relating to torts, contracts, property, or family law. [1]

Stages of a Civil Proceeding:

1. Process – the Plaintiff files a Complaint and Summons.
2. Case Preparation – discovery of evidence; witness depositions and pretrial motions.
3. Settling Difference – parties urged to reach settlement to avoid the need for trial.
4. Trial Process – evidence is presented, and witnesses testify.
5. Closing – final findings of law and fact are concluded; judgment.


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: United States Courts, “Civil Cases”:


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