In basic terms, civil litigation is the process that begins with filing a complaint not involving a criminal act, with the proper court to hear the complaint. Relatively few of the total number of complaints filed ever go to trial: The issues underlying a complaint are often settled out of court. Other common dispositions are that the party complained of does not respond, and judgment by default is then entered; or, if the party responds, no genuine dispute is evidenced, and summary judgment is entered.
Additional factors can and do come into play. Many matters are settled through mediation, which may occur voluntarily but is frequently mandated by a given jurisdiction or for certain types of cases. When a genuine dispute seems to exist, the process of discovery can clarify the salient points and provide details. Discovery can include written questions for the opposing party to answer, requests for the opposing party to admit certain statements, and requests for the opposing party to produce documents and things described in the requests.
Browner Law has handled civil litigation for a variety of matters since its inception. Pertinent areas include, but are not limited to: boundary disputes, claims for money owed, contracts, property damage, and subrogated insurance claims. Please visit our General Practice page for more detailed descriptions of additional areas.