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The Anatomy of a Civil Lawsuit (U.S.)
"See how well you know the inside story of a civil lawsuit. The answers will be specific to United States civil procedure."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
What is the usual basis for filing a civil lawsuit?
Negligence, intentional acts and breach of contract
To get a lot of money
Because one is upset
To coerce someone
How do you start a civil action?
File a Complaint with the court
Bring a motion
Send a demand letter
Send a subpoena
What does the person who institutes the lawsuit (plaintiff) have to do right after filing his or her initial pleading?
Certification of the papers
Set up a trial date
Send out subpoenas
Service of the lawsuit on the person being sued
If the person being sued (defendant) does not file any paperwork with the court after being notified of the suit, what may the plaintiff do?
Ask the Court to punish the defendant
Double the amount of money being asked for
Secure a court order forcing the defendant to respond
Enter the "default" of the defendant
You have to engage a lawyer in order to defend yourself if you have been sued.
What process is designed to secure evidence?
What is a deposition?
The right to see the opposing parties documents
An unconstitutional infringement of a persons rights
The process of forcing a person to agree to certain things
An examination of a witness under oath
A ___________ is an order to produce documents, places or things and can only be issued by a court. What is it called?
What is "voire dire"?
The process of picking a jury
The method of collecting the judgment
A motion to dismiss the case
An identified mistake in a court order
Is a jury required in a civil trial?
What is the purpose of an "opening statement"?
To give an overview of the upcoming evidence
To tell the jury what their role is
To argue the case
To instruct the jury on the law
Generally, may a party's attorney provide eyewitness testimony during a jury trial?
What five-letter word is used to complete the name of the process in which an attorney questions an adverse witness: ".....-examination"?
(Think Perry Mason (one word))
What is it called when a witness is shown to be incorrect or not telling the truth though a document or a prior inconsistant statement?
If a person or entity has a money judgment against it, are they required to pay immediately after the judgment is rendered?
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Compiled May 24 13