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Civil law, in contrast to criminal law, is the area of law that deals with disputes between individuals or organizations. In these types of cases compensation may be awarded to the victim. For instance, if a car crash victim claims damages against the driver for loss or injury sustained in an accident, this will be a civil law case.

Civil law courts provide a platform for deciding disputes involving torts (such as accidents, negligence, and libel), contract disputes, the probate of wills, trusts, property disputes, administrative law, commercial law, and any other private matter that involves private parties and organizations including government departments.

Civil Litigation is a way of resolving disputes or claims between individuals or companies.

In most cases, this is the process to resolve public and private legal disputes or claims on civil matters through negotiation, mediation or through the courts.

In most cases, this is the process to resolve public and private legal disputes or claims on civil matters through negotiation, mediation or through the courts.

A Civil Action often includes the following steps unless it is settled out of court by mutual agreement:

1. Pre-commencement of proceedings.

At this stage of the process we will analyse what you are trying to achieve. We will advise you on the route we consider will lead to the most cost efficient solution for your particular circumstances. The issue of proceedings should be considered as a last resort.

2. Commencement of the action.

We will draft all the relevant papers and we will be responsible for lodging them at a County Court or High Court on your behalf.

3. Interim Matters.

Once the matter has been issued at court it is usual for a strict timetable of events to be given. This timetable has to be adhered to and we will assist you to make sure the necessary steps are taken.  We will advise you on the best approach going forward with the case.

4. Trial.

If the matter has still not been resolved the parties must then prepare for trial. We help you get ready for the trial, and we will be responsible for organising your representation at court and we will also advise you of any costs incurred as a consequence of going to trial. The general rule is the loser pays the winner's costs.

5. Post-Trial.

A party who is successful at trial will often be awarded damages and/or costs. We can help you assess the most appropriate methods available to enforce the judgement and take the necessary steps involved in resolving the matter in your favour.

The objectives of civil law are different from other types of law. In civil law there is the attempt to right a wrong, honour an agreement, or settle a dispute. If there is a victim, they get compensation, and the person who is the cause of the wrong pays, this being a civilized form of, or legal alternative to, revenge.

If you are unsure of your situation and need expert legal help contact Westfield Solicitors on Tel. 020 8228 1260