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Terms You Need to Know During Civil Litigation in Dallas

When you find yourself in the midst of civil litigation in Dallas, you may be confused with all the legal jargon flying back and forth. It is important that you understand the basic terms of civil litigation so that you can better follow your case, and help you understand your attorney better. If you have questions about how these terms apply in your case, it is always best to consult your civil litigation attorney.


This is the document that initiates civil litigation in Dallas. You will file your petition, and the case will have started.

Certificate of Conference

This is a certificate that is attached to pleadings that shows that the party who initiated the lawsuit contacted the opposing party to try and resolve the issue before seeking the court’s help. This helps to show that you didn’t just jump into litigation without first trying other options.


This is the place in which the case must be heard. Generally, this is the place where the parties live or the event occurred that led to the lawsuit. For example, if you got involved in a car accident in Dallas, but the person who hit you was from New York, you would file your lawsuit in Dallas, not New York.


This is how you obtain documents from a third party that may have information useful for your lawsuit. A subpoena is a court document requesting specific documents of information that the third party must obey.

This is just a basic list of the terms you may see during civil litigation in Dallas and is not exhaustive by any means. An experienced attorney will be able to sort out any confusion about terms or processes involved in your case. To schedule an initial consultation with a knowledgeable attorney, contact Lucé Law, PC online or call (972) 632-1300 today.

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