Litigation Lawyers in Veneta
"Civil procedure" in Veneta, Oregon is a very broad term, and it refers to the wide variety of rules that govern how civil litigation is conducted. It is to be distinguished from substantive law, which governs the rights that civil litigation is meant to vindicate.
The rules of civil procedure in Veneta, Oregon are designed to make the process of civil litigation as efficient, cost-effective, simple, and fair as possible.
Civil litigation in Veneta, Oregon 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 Veneta, Oregon Civil Procedure Issues
Complaint: The first, and perhaps most important, part of filing a lawsuit in Veneta, Oregon is the complaint. The complaint is filed with the court in Veneta, Oregon that's responsible for handling civil trials. It lists everything that the plaintiff (the person who is suing) alleges against the defendant (the person the plaintiff is suing). Typically, but not always, the end of the complaint will contain a "prayer for relief." The prayer for relief is simply a statement of what the plaintiff is asking the court to do to remedy the harm that the defendant allegedly caused.
Answer: The answer is a document filed by the defendant, in response to a complaint. The answer typically contains a few things: normally, it denies most of the allegations made by the plaintiff. If it does not deny the factual assertions in the complaint, it will typically 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 Veneta, Oregon 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 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 Veneta, Oregon to go to trial. Veneta'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. 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 Veneta, Oregon Lawyer Help?
If you are facing a legal issue of any kind in Veneta, Oregon, you are going to confront civil procedure issues.
It should go without saying that you should have a Veneta, Oregon attorney on hand to deal with any civil procedure issues that you're almost certain to face, if you're engaged in a lawsuit.