Jury Trials and Bench Trials

Lawsuits in Magistrate Court

Lawsuits in Magistrate Court can seem simple, but there are many moving parts to handling these cases.  Every Magistrate office across the State is different, and many times apply different procedures.  Civil cases in Magistrate Court follow the Magistrate Court Rules; however, if no rule can be found, then it is likely that the Civil Rules of Procedure will come into play.

Mediation is another key factor in the lawsuit procedure.  The purpose of mediation is to give parties one more opportunity to sit down and work out their differences.  A certified mediator will work with them to make sure that both sides of their side of the story told and give them an opportunity to present or accept offers of settlement.