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Civil litigation is the broad-banner descriptor that applies to any non-criminal dispute that is formally brought through the court of law. Generally speaking, civil litigation aims to secure monetary damages or the fulfillment of certain conditions. Because civil litigation also encompasses pre-trial procedures and negotiations, not all civil cases wind up before a judge. Oftentimes, a settlement can be reached outside the courtroom which may save both parties the time, expense, and uncertainty of an outside judgment.​

I've Been Served. What Now?

For nearly three decades, Chehardy Sherman Williams has been representing clients on both sides of the courtroom. The diverse experience of our legal team ensures that we have the necessary skill sets to handle virtually any dispute. From our perspective, superior legal representation is only possible where a superior commitment to open and honest communication has been established, which is why we work so hard to facilitate honesty and candor.

Our civil litigation cases often involve:

  • Contract disputes
  • Commercial law disputes
  • Property damage
  • Temporary restraining orders
  • Class action lawsuits
  • Estate & Trust litigation

Criminal and Civil Burdens of Proof

There are a number of differences between criminal litigation and civil litigation. First, in cases of civil litigation, the plaintiff is the wronged party and not the state. Second, being convicted of a civil offense is far more likely to result in a fine than to result in jail time. Third, criminal trials must be heard by a jury. Civil trials often take place before a judge alone. For all these reasons, the burden of proof is less for a civil trial than it is for a criminal trial. Whether or not that's an advantage or disadvantage depends upon whether you're the plaintiff or the defendant in your case.

Either way, Chehardy Sherman Williams is here for you! Call (504) 833-5600 for a consultation.