Civil law disputes include almost any case that is not criminal. They can arise in any number of ways in our daily lives, from a contractor not completing a job as required to a neighbor putting on an addition that blocks your view or somehow harms your property’s value. When these situations arise, a civil law attorney can provide advice and guidance about you options, which may include filing a lawsuit.
At Norris Law, we have experience in a number of civil law matters. We can evaluate the facts of your case, and determine what the best course of action is, from attempting to solve the issue without going to court to filing a lawsuit and taking the case to a jury.
Civil Law Cases in Florida
Civil disputes in Florida are handled in one of two court systems:
Small Claims Court: cases worth less than $5,000 are filed in Small Claims Court. Attorneys can appear in small claims court on behalf of their clients, and either party can request a jury trial. These cases are governed by a different procedure, known as Small Claims or Summary Procedure, with different time limits and rules than in other civil litigation cases.
Florida Courts: civil cases worth more than $5,000 are filed in a Florida court in the county where the dispute occurred. Attorneys usually represent the parties in a civil case, although parties can represent themselves. These cases are governed by the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. Cases can be tried before a judge or a jury, and may result in monetary awards or orders for someone to do or stop doing something.
Civil law cases can cover a wide variety of issues, including:
- Personal injury cases
- Business law matters
- Employment disputes
- Real estate cases
- Family law issues
- Intellectual property or trademark cases
- Debt collection
- Construction disputes
- Contract issues