Understanding the Criminal and Civil Justice Systems

correspondence, physical evidence, and other paperwork, including informal notes on your case. If you feel the attorney worked unethically or proceeded in an illegal manner, consider contacting your state legal regulatory agency or the state Bar Association. Regulations differ, but in every state you have the right to file a complaint. Finally, if you feel that your case was jeopardized by your attorney’s incompetence, you may have a malpractice case

When you are in contract with one attorney, it is considered unethical to receive advice from another attorney.

against them. If this is your situation, you will need to contact a malpractice attorney who specializes in legal malpractice cases. Arbitration

In some states, there may be a mandatory requirement that a case go to arbitration before it goes to trial. In that case, or in the case of voluntary arbitration, a neutral party (usually a lawyer) will act as a judge, hear both sides of the case and make a decision one way or the other. If you do not agree with the arbitrator’s decision, in some cases, it may be possible to file an appeal to request a new trial. Discovery In preparation for the lawsuit, more information is often needed before a case goes to trial. The process of getting additional information is called discovery. Each side has the ability to request information that is not considered privileged. There may be several methods to obtain information:


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