Civil Litigation – Steps Involved

Do you know the various steps involved in a civil litigation case?  Below is a simplified version, but maybe it will help explain why it takes a while for a case to work its way through the litigation process.

  • Pleadings: Includes the plaintiff’s complaint and defendant’s answer.
  • Discovery: This is the fact gathering portion and includes gathering documents, statements, witnesses.
  • Trial: Evidence is presented before a judge and jury to decide the merits of the case.

With both the pleadings and discovery steps, each party has specified periods of time to respond.  Along the way settlement talks may occur.  Anyway, we thought it might be helpful if you had a little insight as to why it takes so long sometimes for a case to done.

It’s also why it’s so important to hire a law firm that knows and understands all the aspects of a case.  The lawyers at Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett have helped thousands of clients with their cases and obtained incredible results for them.  Let us do the same for you. Give us a call today at 925.459.8440 or email us at to schedule an appointment.  Ask for our managing partner, Matt Guichard.

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