Silicon Valley Business School

Civil Procedure: Introduction
Free Extracts from the Civil Procedure Course
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  • Video ~ Civil Procedure 1 -- Introduction
This voice narrated slideshow presents information regarding the principles and U.S. federal rules of Civil Procedure.

PDF slides for the learning material titled: "Video ~ Civil Procedure 1 -- Introduction".

  • Video ~ Binding Case Law
What is binding case law? This video introduces the principle that courts should follow case law established by appellate courts in the same jurisdiction.

  • Video ~ Contingency Fees
What are contingency fees? This video discusses contingent fee arrangements in the United States.

In a civil trial, a judge or jury examines the evidence to decide whether, by a "preponderance of the evidence," the defendant should be held legally responsible for the damages alleged by the plaintiff. A trial is the plaintiff's opportunity to argue his or her case, in the hope of obtaining a judgment against the defendant. A trial also represents the defendant's chance to refute the plaintiff's case, and to offer his or her own evidence related to the dispute at issue.

In this article, the key differences between civil and criminal cases are compared.

This article presents information regarding the key differences between the state and federal court systems.

This article provides an overview of the concept of Jurisdiction.

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