What is Civil Litigation
Civil litigation is a process of dispute resolution between members of the community through the court system. Civil law grants to individuals the right to sue for compensation or for specific action in matters such as breach of contract, defamation and negligence.
When can I sue someone?
If you feel that you have been wronged then you may be able to commence a lawsuit against someone. The kinds of disputes that are dealt with under civil law include disputes between:-
- Customers and suppliers
- Business partners
- Landlords and tenants
- Buyers and sellers of property
- Home owners and builders
- Employees and employers
- Owners of copyrights and patents
- Creditors and debtors
Different kinds of legal cases have different time limitations imposed so it is important that you seek legal advice quickly to find out if you can commence legal proceedings.
How to file a law suit – the civil litigation process
Prior to court proceedings being commenced, the first course of action is always to seek a resolution to the dispute, saving both time and money. There are a number of alternative dispute resolution methods which can be used including round table negotiation, conflict mediation, conciliation, and arbitration. Dispute resolution lawyers can assist with this process.
If all attempts to settle the dispute fail then the next option is to go to Court.
Trial proceedings are lengthy and somewhat complex, but involve the stages of commencing proceedings, pleadings (where the dispute is described by the plaintiff and defended by the defendant), discovery (disclosure of documents by both sides), trial (where the judge will hear the testimony of witnesses and make a ruling in the dispute), settlement and appeal.
The particular court forms which need to be completed to commence a civil suit vary according to the type of dispute so it is best to seek legal advice in regard to this.
How we can help
We are experienced litigation lawyers and have proven experience across a wide range of civil suits including:-
- Commercial litigation
- Business litigation
- Employment litigation
- Unfair dismissal
- Debt recovery
- Building and property disputes
- Dividing fence disputes
- Breach of contract
Contact us for more specific advice from an experienced litigation lawyer in Adelaide about how we can assist you to settle your dispute.