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  • Steps In Civil Cases

  • Steps In Civil Cases

    The major steps in civil cases are as follows:

    • Plaintiff commences action by filing a complaint with the clerk of court.

    • Personal jurisdiction is obtained over defendant (e.g., by service of process).

    • Defendant files motions (e.g., motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim for which relief may be granted—certain motions must be filed in defendant’s first responsive pleading, while others may be filed later).

    • Defendant files an answer, which may contain a motion to dismiss.

    • Discovery proceeds.

    • Either party may file additional motions (e.g., summary judgment).

    • Pretrial conference is held.

    • Trial is held.

    • Judgment is rendered, signed, and filed.

    • Post-trial proceedings may occur.

    • Appeal may be taken—judgment may or may not be stayed.

    • Appeal is considered either on briefs or after oral argument.

    • Judgment is rendered on appeal.

    • Supplementary proceedings may occur.

    • Judgment is enforced.

    In any given case, some of these steps may be omitted because of inaction, agreement of the parties, or court order. And, of course, the suit may end by settlement or dismissal at any stage.

    This information came from an
    FJC online article.

    *** Any law, statute, regulation or other precedent is subject to change at any time ***

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