Experienced California Litigator Serving Clients in the Greater Los Angeles Area
When you are a party to civil litigation, you have many options short of trial, such as negotiating a settlement. However, sometimes these options will not be satisfactory to you. You may wish to have your day in court to fight the case or you may be unsatisfied with the pre-trial options that were offered to you. If you have never been involved in litigation before, you may find the entire process very complex and confusing. A skilled litigator can succinctly explain the litigation process and counsel you on what to expect at trial.
If you have become involved in litigation, whether as a plaintiff or defendant, you need to seek the guidance of an attorney immediately. The type of attorney that is best for your needs will depend on your exact claim. Kourosh Pourmorady has over 17 years of providing competent and dedicated representation to clients involving issues of: personal injury, medical malpractice, bankruptcy, family law, criminal law, real estate law, business disputes, and civil lawsuits. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady can assist you with building your case and fighting in court. For a free case evaluation, call The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady today at (866) 666-6529.
Civil Litigation Process
Civil litigation involves any type of non-criminal claim, including personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, dog bites, real estate disputes, employment claims, contract disputes, and business litigation.
Civil litigation begins with a complaint. The plaintiff will draft a complaint that outlines each claim, cites the state or federal statute for each claim, and provides a brief summary of the facts to support the claims. The plaintiff then files the complaint, pays filing fees, and serves a copy on the defendant.
The defendant has a limited amount of time to respond to the complaint. The defendant is only required to serve an answer when he or she has been legally served. In the answer, the defendant will admit or deny liability for the plaintiff’s claims. The defendant can also raise counterclaims.
The parties will then appear for a series of hearings in civil court. These hearings are designed to ascertain the status of the case and resolve any discovery issues. The parties are usually given timelines to complete certain steps such as sharing discovery.
During the discovery process, the parties will share evidence with each other. This evidence is evidence they intend to present at trial to support their claims or defenses. In addition, the parties will submit affidavits or interrogatories. The parties will depose witnesses. A deposition is a recorded interview of a witness. The parties will also file motions, such as motions to compel discovery items or motions for summary judgment. A motion for summary judgment filed by the defendant asks the judge to dismiss a claim or the entire case because the plaintiff has failed to provide sufficient evidence. A motion for summary judgment filed by the plaintiff asks for the judge to find the defendant liable on a claim or the entire case because the plaintiff has established a prima facie case.
During the discovery process, the parties will also be negotiating settlement offers. If the plaintiff refuses all settlement offers and the case survives summary judgment, the case will proceed to trial.
At trial, the parties will give their opening statements. The plaintiff will begin by presenting his or her case. The plaintiff will call witnesses and conduct a direct examination. After each direct examination, the defendant will cross-examine the witnesses. At the conclusion of all of the plaintiff’s witnesses, the parties will make motions arguments. If the case survives the motions arguments, the defense will present his or her case by calling witnesses and conducting a direct examination. The plaintiff will then cross-examine these witnesses. At the conclusion of the defense’s case, the parties will again make motions arguments. If the case survives these arguments, the two parties will make closing arguments. The jury will then retire to deliberate and render a verdict. In rendering a verdict, the jury will state on each claim whether it finds for the defendant or plaintiff. If the jury finds for the plaintiff, it will state the amount of damages it has decided to award the plaintiff.
Consult with a Skilled Los Angeles Civil Litigator Today
Civil litigation is both time-consuming and expensive. If you are involved in a civil dispute, you want to entrust your case in the hands of a skilled, competent, and experienced civil litigator like Kourosh Pourmorady. The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady assists clients on a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including personal injury, car accidents, wrongful death, slip and falls, brain and spinal injuries, dog bites, real estate disputes, business disputes, T.V. signal piracy lawsuits, and more. To discuss your civil case for free, call The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady at (866) 666-6529.