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Civil Glossary
Case Document ImagesYou can download scanned images of case documents.
Search for Case Number by NameYou can search by name for civil cases.
Court Reservation System (CRS)You can make a motion reservation for a case online.
Case CalendarYou can access up to 14 days of a courtroom's calendar to find your court date.
Case SummaryYou can get a summary of your case. All you need is your case number.
Courtroom InformationYou can view published courtroom-specific information.
Filing Court LocatorYou can find the courthouse location where you may file your case using a zip code or city/community.
Tentative RulingsYou can search by case number or location for tentative rulings made in many civil cases.
Interpreter RequestYou can request an interpreter for your civil case.
Personal Injury e-DeliveryThe Los Angeles Superior Court e-Delivery project allows for the electronic submission of documents for general jurisdiction personal injury (PI) cases.
Complex Civil Litigation ProgramThis program provides a more effective and efficient case resolution for cases that require unusual amounts of judicial time because of legal or factual complicated issues, often highly technical that involve numerous parties and claims.
Cause Of ActionThe legal claims within a lawsuit.
CivilThe part of the law that deals with business, contracts, estates, domestic (family) relations, accidents, negligence and everything related to legal issues, statutes and lawsuits, that is not criminal law.
Civil ActionAny lawsuit that is brought to enforce, redress or protect a private or civil right. It is a non-criminal litigation.
Civil JurisdictionThe authority of a court to hear a civil case and to declare a judgment
ContractAn agreement with specific terms between two or more persons or entities in which there is a promise to do something in return for a valuable benefit known as consideration.
Court TrialA trial held without a jury in which the judge decides the case.
DefendantThe defendant is the person or entity that is being sued.
DemurrerA formal objection that does not dispute the facts contained in the pleading, but the legal basis for the claim that a wrong requires a remedy.
IndigentA person who lacks food, clothing, and other necessities of life because of poverty.
Jury TrialA trial held before a jury in which the jury decides the case.
LawsuitA legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, which caused harm to the plaintiff; a legal dispute brought to a court for resolution.
StipulationAn agreement, usually on a procedural matter, between the attorneys for the two sides in a legal action. Some stipulations are oral, but the courts often require that the stipulation be put in writing, signed and filed with the court.
TortA civil wrong or wrongful act, whether intentional or accidental, from which injury occurs to another.
PartiesThe participants in a lawsuit or other legal proceeding who have an interest in the outcome.
PlaintiffThe party who files a complaint or sues in a civil action.
Preponderance Of The EvidenceThe greater weight of the evidence required in a civil lawsuit needed to decide in favor of one side or the other.
Eviction (Unlawful Detainer)A legal action to evict a tenant or other occupier of real property in possession, without a legal right, to declare a breach of lease, and/or a judgment for repossession, as well as unpaid rent and other damages.
QuashTo nullify, void or declare invalid.
General Jurisdiction PI CourtTo provide more efficient adjudication of cases, several courtrooms at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles and the Michael D. Antonovich Courthouse in Lancaster have been dedicated to hear only cases involving personal injury claims with more than $25,000.00 in dispute.
Limited Civil Court (Collections)To provide more efficient adjudication of cases, courtrooms at the Norwalk and Chatsworth Courthouses have been dedicated to hear only cases involving collection actions with not more than $25,000.00 in dispute.
Limited Civil Court (Non-Collections)To provide more efficient adjudication of cases, a courtroom at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles has been dedicated to hear only cases involving non-collection actions with not more than $25,000.00 in dispute.
Settlement ProgramsThe Court currently provides two mechanisms free of charge for civil cases to be resolved prior to trial: Mandatory Settlement Conferences are staffed by experienced sitting civil judges and are available for select general jurisdiction cases. Mediation services are provided by various Los Angeles County-funded agencies in small claims, eviction (unlawful detainer), civil harassment and limited (collection and non-collection) cases.
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