Litigation Lawyers in Prescott Valley
In Prescott Valley, Arizona, "civil procedure" refers to the different processes and procedures that must be followed when conducting a civil lawsuit.
In Prescott Valley, Arizona, the civil procedure rules are meant to ensure that the civil litigation system is as efficient, accessible, fair, and inexpensive as possible.
Civil litigation in Prescott Valley, Arizona is almost never a simple process. So, the rules governing this process can't always be simple, either. Remember, civil procedure covers every single step of the civil litigation process, which can drag on for years.
Major Prescott Valley, Arizona Civil Procedure Issues
Complaint: The complaint is probably the most important document that the plaintiff will file in a Prescott Valley, Arizona lawsuit, and it is normally 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. Thus, it can frame the tone, as well as the legal and factual issues, that will dominate the rest of the case.
Answer: The answer is a document filed by the defendant, in response to a complaint. The answer normally contains a few things: usually, it denies most of the allegations made by the plaintiff. If it does not deny the factual assertions in the complaint, it will normally raise legal defenses, known as affirmative defenses, arguing that even if everything the plaintiff alleges is true, the defendant should not be held liable, because of extenuating circumstances.
Discovery: After the complaint has been filed in the Prescott Valley, Arizona court of competent jurisdiction, the next major 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 received 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 Prescott Valley, Arizona to go to trial. Prescott Valley's civil procedure rules really discourage trials, and rather have designed the system so that it's almost always more cost-effective to settle out of court. However, if this is not possible, the matter will go to trial, where a judge and/or jury will determine the factual questions, and then award the appropriate relief (if any) to the prevailing party.
How Can a Prescott Valley, Arizona Lawyer Help?
If you are facing a legal issue of any kind in Prescott Valley, Arizona, you are going to face civil procedure issues.
It should go without saying that you should have a Prescott Valley, Arizona attorney on hand to deal with any civil procedure issues that you're almost certain to face, if you're immersed in a lawsuit.