Unlike criminal prosecution, civil litigation involves filing a lawsuit to resolve a private dispute between two or more parties. Individuals often seek to recover damages for a wrong or request an injunction or specific performance.
The Basic Process
In a nutshell, a civil lawsuit encompasses the following procedures:
- A complaint is filed: A party files a complaint in a specific court, naming certain parties and alleged allegations against each.
- A response is filed: The parties whom the complaint is filed with then filed a written response to the complaint, along with any counter-claims they may have against the petitioner.
- Discovery commences: After the response is filed, both sides engages in what's called the discovery process. The parties learn about all the facts in greater detail in order to prepare for the trial. This can be done by the exchange of documents or questioning via a deposition.
The above is a basic synopsis of the process. However, civil lawsuits are extremely complex and require the skill of an attorney knowledgeable in handling such matters.
Our Civil Litigation Practice
At Canan Law, we have successfully handled many different civil matters for St. Johns and Northeast Florida. Whether through skilled negotiation or litigation we often resolve:
- Real estate disputes, including landlord tenant issues, title and boundary disputes
- Business disputes, such as breach of contract, trademark infringement, breach of noncompete agreements
- Workplace disputes, including employee discrimination claims, breach of contract or severance agreements
- Government claims, including lawsuits against a governmental entity due to civil rights violations or false arrest
Committed To Your Cause And Your Case
If you have questions about filing a civil suit, or responding to one filed against you, contact one of our civil litigation attorneys to learn how we can help.
We represent individuals in St. Johns County and northeast Florida with all types of matters. Call 904-217-6209 or use our contact form to reach us online.