A civil action or suit can begin under a number of circumstances. Typically, civil suits involve disagreements on the performance of a contract, disagreements about the ownership of property or if someone is injured or property is damaged.
If you are required to be present at a civil trial, as either the defendant, witness or as the plaintiff, it’s important to be prepared for what happens next. The process of litigation is complicated and it can be intimidating without having knowledge about how a civil trial works. Also, the rules for civil litigation change depending on whether the claim was started in Ontario Small Claims Court as opposed to simplified or ordinary procedure in Superior Court.
Most civil cases rarely reach trial, instead they are settled out of court, or the claim is abandoned. If you have to go to trial, ensure that you hire a civil litigation lawyer to represent your interests in court. The following is what happens in a civil trial.