By Justin Curcio | Published September 14, 2022 | |
Jury selection, also known as voir dire (Latin for “speak the truth), is the beginning of any jury trial and is the first time the parties address the jurors that will be hearing their case. There is a wealth of literature on the philosophy of voir dire and the importance of making a great first Read MoreRead More
A common question prospective and current clients ask us is how an actual civil trial proceeds and what occurs during the trial. While each of the parts of a trial discussed below will be addressed in greater detail in blogs to come, this overview provides a quick summary for a basic understanding. Keep in mind Read MoreRead More
In every jury trial, the jury is the fact-finder. In personal injury cases, this means that the jury evaluates all the evidence presented at trial, considers the credibility of the witnesses, and, applying their common sense and life experiences, determines what the facts are. Then provided with the law by the judge in the form Read MoreRead More
As the plaintiff, the injured party must present their case-in-chief to the jury before the defendant’s case. In their case-in-chief, the plaintiff must prove liability and damages. That is, the plaintiff must first prove that the defendant was negligent in causing the plaintiff’s injuries. Then the plaintiff must prove the defendant’s negligent behavior caused every Read MoreRead More
“It’s not what you know; it’s what you can prove.” This iconic line from the movie Training Day shows us the importance of evidence during jury trials. The evidence shared with the jury will consist of testimony from witnesses and exhibits. Before deliberations, the jury will be instructed through the jury instructions to only consider Read MoreRead More
When you cannot settle your personal injury case, the next step is to file a lawsuit. After you have filed your lawsuit, the discovery process begins. After discovery is concluded and any necessary pre-trial motions are heard, the issues in the case become more apparent and become the focus of your trial preparation. When gearing Read MoreRead More
As in all successful journeys, you must know your ultimate destination at the beginning of the trip. Handling a personal injury case on behalf of a client is a journey that the client and lawyer take together, sometimes taking 2 to 3 years to complete. To be successful on the client’s behalf, the experienced personal Read MoreRead More
How Valuable is Expert Testimony in Virginia Civil Cases? Expert testimony is an important part of most trials and typically makes all the difference in proving your case and is particularly true in personal injury cases. Medical doctors play an important role in personal injury cases because of their expertise in diagnosing, treating, and causally Read MoreRead More
After the plaintiff files a lawsuit, several pretrial motions can be made by either party before the actual trial begins. The party that files the motion is called the movant, and the party responding to the motion is called the respondent. Usually, the goal of pretrial motions are to limit or narrow the issues for Read MoreRead More
What you need to know about Subpoenas in Virginia Civil Matters In Virginia, two frequently used subpoenas can be served to assist a party in a civil matter to further aid in discovery or at trial. Those two types of subpoenas are a subpoena duces tecum and a witness subpoena. Subpoena duces tecum A subpoena Read MoreRead More
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