Litigation ENewsletter April 21 2011

State Trial Practice
The American legal system depends on the adversarial process to bring out the truth. Parties to disputes present their arguments to an impartial judge who resolves the matter by examining the facts, applying the relevant law and issuing a decision. This basic model applies to both civil and criminal cases. Civil cases concern private conflicts between individuals, businesses and the government; criminal cases involve law enforcement by the government against individuals. Both types of cases may be brought to trial before state courts.