The legal process can be a daunting one, and it can be difficult to comprehend the various stages involved. To help you make sense of it all, here is a comprehensive guide to the legal process. The first step is to file a claim. This involves submitting a formal document to the court that outlines the dispute and the relief sought.
Once the claim has been filed, the court will assign it to either the small or fast track, or the multi-track. In the small or fast track, the parties will then move on to arguing their case. This involves questioning witnesses and presenting evidence. The court will then make a verdict, either from the judge or from a jury.
If the claim has been assigned to the multi-track, a case management conference will be held. At this conference, personalized instructions will be provided by the court. The court will also set a trial date, taking into account any dates that are not suitable for either party. At the trial, legal arguments, witness statements and expert evidence (if applicable) will be heard by the court.
The court will then reserve judgment, except in simple cases. The judgment will be handed down at a later date at a brief additional court hearing.