What is a civil action? How does it proceed from inception through trial? The Complaint has been drafted, you’ve named the defendant(s), you’ve filed the Complaint with the Court, the defendant(s) have been served by the sheriff, what now? Answering the Complaint, affirmative defenses, discovery in the form of interrogatories, requests for production of documents, requests for admissions, depositions, dispositive motion(s), mediation (required or voluntary) motions in limine, expert witness and evidentiary hearings, the trial finally begins. Jury empanelment, voir dire, challenges for cause, peremptory challenges, swearing in the jurors, judge instructs the jurors, opening statements, call the first witness. Direct and cross examination, stipulations, closing arguments, judge instructs jurors on the law, jurors sent to deliberate, and the hardest part, waiting for deliberations to conclude and presentment of a verdict. Come to participate, discuss, and provide insight regarding what happens in your state from initiation of a complaint through jury trial.
Key Learning Objectives:
1. Learning the step by step process of a civil action;
2. The parts of a civil action and how they are developed; and
3. How things vary from court to court and state to state in New England.