The Litigation Process – 5 Steps

Did you know that there are 5 main steps in civil litigation?

The first step is Investigation.

A civil litigation goes through an investigation stage, when your lawyer will be responsible for finding supporting evidence to help you win your case.

The second step is Pleading.

A Pleading is, in a nutshell, your side of the story.  This will essentially include any damages and expenses incurred.

The third step is Discovery.

Sometimes law firms employ e-Discovery teams that specialise in gathering information, crucial evidence that will back up the case.

The fourth step is the stage of Pre-Trial.

This is the stage at which lawyers on both sides get together and enter negotiations in order to reach a Pre-Trial settlement.

The fifth step is the Trial.

If there’s no Pre-Trial settlement, then the case goes to Trial – the formal process for both sides to state their case.  The judge and jury will then decide the settlement.  SG


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