The law is a confusing area. There are so many different types of courts, specialties, and terms that all sound the same. One area that many people get confused about is civil litigation. A common misconception is that because someone is charged with a crime, they are also liable civilly. While sometimes a civil suit can stem from the same actions that led to the charge of a crime, it isn’t always the case. Let’s look at the basics of what civil litigation is and why we have the civil courts.
What Is Civil Litigation?
Civil litigation is a dispute between two parties (or more) that require the court’s help in resolving the issue. Typically, one or more parties are asking for monetary compensation of some sort to help “right the wrong” that has happened. There are many different types of civil litigation ranging from personal injury to employment and real estate.
Why Do We Need Civil Litigation?
Civil litigation helps to provide everyone access to the legal system. If you have been taken advantage of, cheated, or suffered damages that are not your fault, you have recourse. If civil litigation didn’t exist, there wouldn’t be consequences for negligent behavior that didn’t rise to the level of criminality.
How to Find a Civil Litigation Attorney
Finding an experienced civil litigation attorney can be difficult if you don’t know where to start. First, ask for referrals from family and friends. Since civil disputes are relatively frequent, someone should know an attorney who can, at least, point you in the right direction. Online resources are also a great place to begin your search. Schedule an initial consultation and meet with the attorney regarding your case. Depending on the type of dispute, they may offer you a contingent fee agreement. This means you won’t pay attorney fees unless you win. If you feel comfortable discussing the facts with the attorney and are confident in their ability to handle the case, you can hire them on the spot!