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A lawsuit is initiated by the filing of a Complaint. A Complaint is a pleading which alleges one or more causes of action and asserts a claims for damages. In response to a Complaint, additional claims can be initiated by counterclaim, cross-claim, or third-party claim.
An appropriate response is required within 21 days (not business days) after a party is served with the Summons and Complaint. If you have been served with a Summons and Complaint you should speak to an attorney immediately. They can determine when a response is due.
Responsive pleadings include an Answer, a Demurrer, Plea, Motion to Dismiss, Motion for Bill of Particulars, Motion Craving Oyer or a written motion asserting certain preliminary defense. A responsive pleading may also include counter-claims, cross-claims, or third-party claims. The appropriate responsive pleading depends upon the facts and circumstances of each case.
Discovery is the process where the parties are required to exchange information and evidence about the facts of the case. Discovery can be conducted by deposition, written interrogatories, requests for productions of documents/electronic information, requests to enter land, physical and mental examinations, and requests for admissions.
A deposition is the taking of a witnesses testimony under oath prior to trial. No Judge is present during the deposition. A court reporter typically records the testimony. The parties may also choose to tape record or video record the testimony. Depositions are a useful discovery tool because they allow the parties to gather evidence relevant to the case and provide the parties with a preview of the evidence that may be presented at trial.
Yes, the right to conduct depositions pursuant to the Rules of Supreme Court of Virginia and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure include the opposing party.
A party is in "Default" when they fail to file a responsive pleading within the appropriate time period. A defendant in Default is deemed to have waived any right to contest the issues at trial. The Court may grant Default Judgment when a party is in Default. Relief from Default Judgment can only be granted under very limited circumstances.
Summary Judgment occurs when the Court makes a determination of the merits of the claim(s) based upon the pleadings, orders (if any made at a pretrial conference), and admissions (if any in the proceedings). Summary Judgment cannot be granted if any material fact is in genuine dispute.