IN PERSON: Civil Lawsuit Basics: How to File and Respond to a Complaint

Thursday, April 25, 2024: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

A civil lawsuit starts with the filing and service of a written complaint. The complaint serves many purposes, including the identification of the parties involved in the lawsuit, the plaintiff’s reason for filing a lawsuit, and the type of relief that is sought.  The defendant must then respond to the complaint by filing an answer or another type of response. The complaint and the defendant’s responses are called pleadings, and they set the stage for all that comes afterward in the lawsuit. In this class, learn how to prepare, file, serve and respond to civil case pleadings in California state courts.

Class covers:

  • Is filing a lawsuit a good idea?
  • Identifying possible legal theories
  • Drafting the complaint
  • Service of summons and complaint
  • Answers and other responsive pleadings

Class approved for Court Interpreter Minimum Continuing Education (CIMCE) credit.

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