41st Circuit Court
41st Circuit Court

Richard J. Celello, Chief Judge
Mary B. Barglind, Circuit Judge
Mary Kay Short, Court Recorder
Maureen Charlevoix, Court Reporter
Mary Rigoni, Judicial Secretary
Nancy McIntyre, Judicial Secretary

What is a General Civil Case?
The following is a brief description of a general civil case.

Because of the complexity of general civil cases or the amount of money involved, it may be advisable to contact an attorney.

Generally, a civil case is filed because of a disagreement between two people, businesses or organizations. The disagreement usually involves one person believing that he or she has been hurt or had rights violated or property damaged by another person. A civil case is not a criminal case.

If you are the one starting the case, you are called the plaintiff, and the person or business you are suing is called the defendant. In most civil cases, the plaintiff is asking for an amount of money to be paid by the defendant. However, in some civil cases, the plaintiff may be asking the court to tell the defendant to stop some behavior or to do a specific thing. The plaintiff is responsible for paying the filing fees as well as the cost of serving the defendent.

A complaint must be filed, fees must be paid, a summons must be issued, the parties must be served notice of the complaint, hearings must be scheduled and noticed, answers must be given, and hearings must be attended. The end result of the case will be entry of a judgment.
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