A civil case can be filed for any number of reasons, but the goal is to have the judge or jury decide if the defendant should be held liable for damages the plaintiff allegedly suffered. The judge and jury will listen to both sides present their arguments and consider if the defendant should be liable for the damages that have been alleged or not. If they will be held liable, the jury or judge has to decide to what extent they should be held liable.
During the six stages of a civil trial, a jury will be chosen, there will be opening statements, witnesses will speak and attorneys will cross-examine them. Your attorney has an opportunity to make closing arguments before the jury is given instructions and left to deliberate and produce a verdict.
Most family court cases are only tried before a judge, but in other cases, a jury may be present. Your attorney will take the time to review the pool or jurors and exclude certain jurors who they believe cannot be objective when considering the case.
What should you do if you’re involved in a civil case?
Always stay informed of what’s happening and communicate with your attorney clearly. Whether you are the person filing a claim against someone else or are defending yourself against a claim, your attorney can help guide you through the process. From choosing the jury to showing up at trial, your attorney can give you advice and take steps to make sure you’re treated fairly and are able to fight for the results you want to see.