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Civil Disputes and Litigation

Civil disputes and litigation. Mildwaters Lawyers Kadina South Australia. Image: dog by antony griffiths via Flickr.

What are Civil Disputes and Litigation?

Civil litigation is the process of resolving civil disputes between members of a community through the court system.

Civil law grants to individuals the right to sue for compensation or for specific action in matters such as breach of contract, defamation and negligence.

When can I sue someone?

If you feel that you’ve been wronged but it’s not a criminal matter to be dealt with by the Police then you may be able to commence a lawsuit against someone. The kinds of civil disputes that are dealt with under civil law include disputes between:

  • Neighbours
  • Customers and suppliers
  • Business partners
  • Landlords and tenants
  • Buyers and sellers of property
  • 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.

What should be done before you sue someone?

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 we can help with in an attempt to sort the matter out. If all attempts to settle the dispute fail then the dispute will be taken to court.

How we can help

We have experience across a wide range of legal areas and can help you attempt to resolve the dispute and if that is not successful, then we can assist you with court proceedings.

Contact us for more specific advice in relation to how we can assist you to settle your dispute.


Image: dog by antony griffiths via Flickr. CC BY 2.0

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