Civil Suit Lawyers in Mississauga
For many individuals, understanding and undergoing the litigation process can be daunting. From knowing when and where to file certain documents, to taking a case to trial, the process is anything but simple. While civil litigation can be a lengthy and tedious process, the knowledgeable staff at Tailor Law will walk you through each civil litigation process by taking a step-by-step approach to ensuring you understand the process in its entirety.
The key areas of civil litigation includes the statement of claim, discovery plan, affidavit of documents, examinations for discovery, motions, mandatory mediation, matters of trial, pretrial conference, and finally, the trial (if it is not settled in mediation).
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Given the length of a trial and options available to a client, many clients choose to settle before a trial. A trial can be costly and time-consuming, and there are no guarantees that a case will be successful. Depending on the nature of your case and your objectives, the legal representatives at Tailor Law will provide you with your best chances of success, while outlining the pros and cons of taking other actions that you may be considering. Providing clear, concise, and dependable representation is Tailor Law’s mission, and we take this on by using rigorous techniques to gain a competitive advantage during the civil litigation process.
The Phases: Understanding The Process
1) Statement of Claim
The Statement of Claim is the filing by which the Plaintiff starts a proceeding. In the statement of claim, the Plaintiff addresses the facts of the claim and the legal reasons for filing the lawsuit. The Plaintiff files the Statement of Claim with the registry and then serves the claim on the Defendant.
2) Discovery Plan
The discovery plan is a set of court documents that details how the “discovery” of the trial will take place. The discovery plan includes the names of witnesses to be brought forth for examination and the timelines that each Party requires for conducing oral and documentary discovery. The respective lawyers of each Party typically work with one another to create a discovery plan.
3) Affidavit of Documents
An affidavit of documents is a set of all relevant documents that each Party will rely on to prove their case. Affidavit of documents can include statements, receipts, photographs, reports, and any other material information pertinent to the case.
4) Examinations for Discovery
An Examination for discovery is the process by which the lawyer for one party questions the other Party in order to make assertions of the case and to challenge the evidence of the other Party.
A Motion is an action to obtain a certain action during the litigation process. Either the Defendant or Plaintiff may file a motion to obtain a ruling from a Judge or either Party may file a motion to exclude certain evidence from being used.
6) Mandatory mediation
Mandatory mediation is mediation that is required for actions started in Toronto. In some cases, it is also required elsewhere in Ontario. The purpose of mediation is to settle the dispute and resolve the case before it goes to trial. Some mediations take place “without prejudice,” meaning that issues that are brought up during mediation cannot be used in the trial. If mediation does not resolve the lawsuit, the parties may request a settlement conference. The team at Tailor Law will discuss the benefits of either accepting a proposed offer by the other Party, or proceeding to trial.
7) Matters of Trial and Pretrial Conference
After mediation has taken place and the Parties decide not to settle, either Party can set the matter down for trial by requesting the court to place the case on the trial list. Within 90 days after the action is set down for trial, the court will provide each Party with a notice that they must attend a pretrial conference. At the pretrial conference, the lawyers of each party will discuss their clients’ positions and the judge who presides over the conference will try to help the parties reach a settlement.
Once the Parties have decided that they will not settle, the trial proceeds, and both parties present their evidence by calling their witnesses and relying on expert testimony if needed.
Civil Defence Lawyers
Civil Defense Lawyers defend clients who are in a legal bind that they did not initiate themselves. These clients have often been served by an individual, group or corporation, meaning they are being sued or accused of an offense that would result in the client owing money. These individuals require legal representation in court in order to ensure a fair trial.
Civil suits can often be stressful, as the law can be confusing and hard to follow. Oftentimes, individuals are served with documents and have a hard time understanding what is going on. Legal documents are written is a way that, without appropriate training, can seem like a foreign language. Individuals caught in these situations are urged to meet with a legal professional to discuss and review legal documents with them. Without proper representation, individuals can unjustly lose their trial, resulting in many days spent in courts and great financial losses. Civil Defense Lawyers work to analyze the case at hand, hear the point of view of the defendant and use their knowledge of the law to develop the best case in favour of the client they are defending. They are able to represent clients in a court of law and defend their side of a case in front of a judge.
By having a civil defense lawyer represent you in court, you are more likely to have a judge listen to your case points, as it is coming from a reputable source that is familiar with relevant laws. Tailor Law Professional Corporation can represent individuals and businesses in civil suits, working hard with clients to ensure they get the best possible outcome. Experienced lawyers at Tailor Law understand the stress of being faced with legal documents and are ready to assist by providing honest legal advice, assistance with document review and letter drafting, and if necessary, court representation. Call today to book an appointment to meet with a lawyer you can trust will provide the best assistance in this difficult time.