Pretrial Pleadings & Service of Process in Civil Litigation - Quiz & Worksheet


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Leeann choked on a fish bone in her tuna sandwich. She is upset and wants justice through a legal remedy. What is the legal term for this?

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1. Who typically is responsible for delivering a summons?

2. The person being served is called the:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Civil litigation involves using the courts to seek legal remedies against wrongdoers, and there are specific procedures that must be followed. Your knowledge of these procedures can be tested using this assessment, which covers principles of pretrial pleadings including complaint, summons and motions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on pretrial pleadings in civil litigation, including:

  • The legal term that means someone is seeking justice
  • The means by which litigants reach an agreement without going to court
  • The person who serves the summons and complaint
  • The name for the party that is served the summons and complaint
  • The outcome when someone who has been served the summons and complaint never appears for court

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as relief and pleadings
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as plaintiff and defendant
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the pleadings required to initiate a lawsuit and who serves those pleadings to the defendant
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding informal negotiations and their purpose

Additional Learning

To learn more about pretrial pleadings, review the accompanying lesson about pretrial pleadings and service of process in civil litigation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand what pretrial pleadings are
  • Know the legal definition of relief
  • Differentiate between plaintiff and defendant
  • Explain what the complaint contains
  • Understand service of process and who performs it
  • Differentiate between default judgment and judgment
  • Explain what a motion to dismiss is used for
  • Describe the purpose of informal negotiations