A litigator, also known as a trial lawyer is an advocate who represents the complainants and the defendants in civil cases. Anyone who aspires to become a litigator must have bachelor’s degree in law from an accredited law school, and pass the bar exam.
In addition, the person must also have knowledge of legal research, legal software’s, excellent communication skills, critical thinking, and attention to details, honesty, and responsibility among other key skills. Litigation is a very diverse process which involves various phases like case investigation, pleading, discovery, pre-trial, trial, settlement, and appeal. Below is a summary of this processes.
Initial case investigation/Assessment: the trial lawyer conducts a preliminary investigation in order to determine whether there is enough evidence on the complainants’ side to file a lawsuit or what evidence exist on the defendant’s case to defend a possible lawsuit.
Discovery: this phase involves the exchange of relevant information between the parties. The litigator employs various methods to access information relevant to the lawsuit.
Pre-trial: this happens a week to the trial. The litigator finalizes the discovery process and prepares for the final trial. The litigator consults with and gives directions to his clients, preserve expert witness, and develop a trial strategy based on the collected facts and evidence.
Trial: in this stage, the litigator selects a judge or a jury and presents the case in court. The trial lawyer also presents the opening and the closing statements, examine and cross-examine witnesses, and compose an interesting story for the judge through testimony and evidence.
Settlement: most cases are settled long before they reach the trial stage. The litigator may settle a case anytime during the litigation phases. The litigator meditates between the conflicting parties to find a solution.
Appeal: if any party is dissatisfied with the outcome of the trial ruling, they may file an appeal. During an appeal, the dissatisfied party as a higher court to evaluate the trial court proceedings. Under normal situations, the appeal courts only review a case for legal errors only and do not interfere with the evidence.
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Karl Heideck initially studied English and literature at Swarthmore College and then later enrolled at the Temple University Beasley School of Law where he graduated with honors.