Civil litigation involves disputes involving the private rights of citizens, as opposed to a criminal complaint, which involves the State, or a violation or lack of compliance with the rules and regulations of a governmental agency provided for by statute.

In civil disputes, one party, usually referred to as the plaintiff, alleges that the other party, the defendant, has caused some type of harm either through acts committed by the defendant, or acts the defendant had a duty to perform but failed to.

Examples of issues over which civil litigation may arise include:

  • Personal injuries
  • Property damage
  • Medical malpractice
  • Trespassing
  • Assault
  • Libel
  • Slander
  • Contract disputes
  • Landlord - tenant disputes
  • Unpaid private debts

    This list is not exhaustive of the types of case we handle and we may be able to refer you to colleagues who practice in other areas of the law that are ooutside the scope of our practice.  Contact us if you have any questions about potential litigation which you are considering or in which you may find yourself involved.