Starting a Lawsuit: Parties & Beginning Process


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Who files a complaint?

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1. Barry was watering the lawn. John was walking on the sidewalk and tripped over the hose causing him to break a leg. John initiates a lawsuit. Barry, not convinced that he did anything wrong, wants to complain to the court as well. What would he do?

2. Bob and Jim are prepared to endure a legal battle in court. Neither elected to have a jury. What type of trial is this?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several steps involved in the filing of a lawsuit. These assessment tools will test your understanding of main topics from the lesson, including complaints and types of trials.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz/worksheet pairing will check your knowledge of the following:

  • Deposition
  • Interrogatory
  • Counterclaim
  • Bench trial
  • Plaintiff

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lawsuit lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as deposition and plaintiff
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the steps of a lawsuit

Additional Learning

Study our lesson called Starting a Lawsuit: Parties & Beginning Process to see helpful examples that will help you understand this topic. The lesson's objectives include the following:

  • Explains the parties to a lawsuit
  • Explores the beginning steps to a lawsuit, including a summons
  • Discusses the trial steps in a lawsuit
  • Defines appeal