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Trials: What To Expect When You’re Due In Court

Last week, we outlined the general timeline of a civil litigation case. The last stage was bringing the case to trial. Below, we’ll address how the trial procedure works, and what clients can expect during each part of the process.


There is a general procedure that courtrooms follow to allow both sides to make their case. As outlined on the Government of Alberta website, each person involved – the lawyers, the judge, witnesses – all follow the same basic format.

If you have questions about bringing a case to trial, it’s essential to speak with a litigation lawyer with extensive courtroom experience. He or she will be able to prepare you for the questions you’ll be asked, as well as answer any questions you have about civil procedure.

Basic Courtroom Procedures

The following outlines a civil procedure when a case is brought to the courts:

  1. Introduction: The parties identify themselves and their lawyers.
  2. Plaintiffs Side: The plaintiffs explain what they are fighting for, and outline their supporting arguments.
  3. Defendants Side: Defendants explain their response to the plaintiff’s claims, and summarize their supporting arguments.
  4. Plaintiffs Evidence and Witnesses: The plaintiff’s side may bring forward their supporting facts and testimony.
  5. Cross-examination: The defendant’s side may question the evidence. The judge may also ask the plaintiffs some questions if necessary.
  6. Defendants Evidence and Witnesses: The defendant’s side may bring forward their supporting facts and testimony.
  7. Cross-examination: The defendant’s side may question the evidence. The judge may ask also ask the defendant some questions if necessary.
  8. Closing arguments: Each side may conclude with why the judge should side in their favour.
  9. Verdict: The Judge applies the necessary laws and decides.

Speak To A Lawyer For More Information

If you have concerns about bringing a case to court – whether it’s costs, duration, or what type of information may be asked – speak to one of our lawyers. We can help you build your case, and prepare your arguments for trial.

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