Civil litigation is the process of dispute resolution between members of a community through the court system.
Individuals have the right to sue for compensation or for specific action in matters such as breach of contract, defamation and negligence. If you feel that you have been wronged but it is not a criminal matter to be dealt with by the Police then you may be able to pursue a claim against someone.
The kinds of disputes that are dealt with under civil law include disputes between:-
- Customers and suppliers
- Business partners
- Landlords and tenants
- Home owners and builders
- Employees and employers
- Executors or beneficiaries in deceased estates
- Creditors and debtors
Different kinds of legal cases have different time limitations imposed so it’s important that you seek legal advice quickly to find out if you can commence legal proceedings.
Prior to court proceedings being commenced, the first course of action is always to seek a resolution to the dispute, saving both time and money. There are a number of alternative dispute resolution methods which can be used including round table and informal negotiation, mediation and conciliation.
If reasonable attempts to resolve the dispute fail then it may be necessary to commence a legal action. Issuing some legal proceedings can be lengthy and often complex and are normally the last resort if all other options fail.
We are experienced dispute resolution and litigation lawyers and have proven experience across a wide range of civil cases including:-
- Insurance litigation
- Employment litigation
- Unfair dismissal
- Will disputes
- Debt recovery
- Building and property disputes
- Fencing disputes
- Breach of contract
Contact us for more specific advice in relation to how we can assist you settle your dispute.