Litigation Lawyers in Bay Minette
In Bay Minette, Alabama, "civil procedure" refers to the varied processes and procedures that must be followed when conducting a civil lawsuit.
In Bay Minette, Alabama, the civil procedure rules are meant to ensure that the civil litigation system is as efficient, accessible, fair, and affordable as possible.
Civil litigation, however, is inherently complicated. So, there is no getting around the fact that the civil procedure rules in Bay Minette, Alabama are also going to be somewhat confusing and obtuse (or at least parts of them are). Remember, these rules govern every single thing that happens in a civil lawsuit, from the first complaint, to the last appeal.
Major Bay Minette, Alabama Civil Procedure Issues
Complaint: The complaint is probably the most important document that the plaintiff will file in a Bay Minette, Alabama lawsuit, and it is typically the first. The complaint contains all of the plaintiff's allegations against the defendant, as well as the relief that the plaintiff is asking the court to provide. Consequently, it can frame the tone, as well as the legal and factual issues, that will dominate the rest of the case.
Answer: For the defendant, the answer is typically the first document they file in a lawsuit. As the name suggests, it "answers" the plaintiff's complaint. The answer normally denies most, or all, of the allegations made by the plaintiff. If the allegations are factually correct, and the defendant knows this, the defendant might admit that the allegations are true, but because of extenuating circumstances, they should not be held liable. For instance, in a lawsuit for battery, a defendant might admit that they did strike the plaintiff, but claim that they were acting in self-defense, which would negate or weaken the plaintiff's case.
Discovery: After the complaint has been filed in the Bay Minette, Alabama court of competent jurisdiction, the next important phase is the discovery process. In a civil lawsuit, there are not supposed to be any surprises (so the dramatic moments you see in TV trials are largely fiction). This predictability largely comes from the discovery process. Each side of the lawsuit has to disclose information relevant to the lawsuit to the other. This information can be acquired by sending the other side written questions, which must be answered under oath, demanding access to documents, and deposing witnesses.
Trial: It's quite rare for lawsuits in Bay Minette, Alabama to go to trial. Bay Minette's civil procedure rules truly discourage trials, and alternatively have designed the system so that it's almost always more cost-effective to settle out of court. Nonetheless, if this is not possible, the matter will go to trial, where a judge and/or jury will decide the factual questions, and then award the appropriate relief (if any) to the prevailing party.
How Can a Bay Minette, Alabama Lawyer Help?
If you are dealing with a lawsuit in Bay Minette, Alabama, it's almost given that you will have to deal with issues regarding civil procedure.
It should go without saying that you should have a Bay Minette, Alabama attorney on hand to deal with any civil procedure issues that you're almost sure to face, if you're engaged in a lawsuit.