When two or more parties become embroiled in a legal dispute seeking money or another specific performance rather than criminal sanctions, civil litigation is the result. They must instead head to the courtroom for trial so a judge or jury can decide the matter.
A lawyer who specializes in civil litigation is known as a “litigator” or a “trial lawyer.” He represents clients across a broad spectrum of associated proceedings, including pre-trial hearings and depositions, as well as arbitration or mediation before administrative agencies or court personnel.
Arbitration and mediation are processes that attempt to guide the parties toward settlement without the time and expense of going to court.
Types of Civil Litigation
Civil litigation encompasses a broad range of disputes, and litigators generally specialize in one or two specific practice areas. Several common areas include:
- Environmental law
- Landlord/tenant disputes
- Product liability lawsuits
- Personal injury claims
- Intellectual property disputes
- Construction liability lawsuits
- Medical malpractice claims
- Employment and labour disputes
- Real estate lawsuits
- Anti-trust litigation
- Workers’ compensation claims
- Education law disputes
- Divorce lawsuits
Civil litigation can be loosely defined as a legal process in which criminal charges and penalties are not at issue.
Arthur Channon Incorporated Attorneys will attend to general litigation matters arising out of the Magistrate’s Court, Regional Court and High Court. From the inception of litigation to its conclusion, our firm works with its clients to develop a litigation strategy tailored to their specific needs.