Understanding the Criminal and Civil Justice Systems

Civil Justice Process

You or someone you love has been injured in a crash, or your loved one was killed. Amid the pain and anguish, you also face legal and financial challenges. You may choose to file a civil suit against the driver or against a third party who might have contributed in some way to the crash. For most people, this is foreign territory. The thought of meeting with an attorney, not to mention knowing how to select one, is a frightening prospect. This section is intended to help alleviate some of those fears by providing information you need to find the right civil attorney for you and to maintain a positive working relationship with him or her throughout the court process. It is not intended as a substitute for experienced legal counsel or as legal advice. Deciding to Bring a Civil Case As you consider bringing a civil suit against the defendant, make a commitment to yourself and your family that you’ll weigh all the pros and cons of doing so before you actually initiate any action. The media is full of stories of people threatening to sue, filing suits, and winning (and losing) lawsuits. What those stories often don’t convey is the emotional and psychological price paid by those involved. Civil lawsuits are often extremely time consuming and emotionally The civil justice process can be difficult to understand and maneuver.

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