Ch 20: WEST Business & Marketing Education: Legal Procedures

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Review information about types of judicial procedures and legal terminology in these video lessons and quizzes. They can help you as you study for the WEST Business and Marketing Education exam.

WEST Business & Marketing Education: Legal Procedures - Chapter Summary

Let us aid you in reviewing information on legal procedures as you prepare for the WEST Business and Marketing Education exam. You should be ready to answer questions on these topics after watching our video lessons:

  • Lawsuit process and parties
  • Threshold requirements for filing a lawsuit
  • Steps in civil litigation, including pretrial pleadings, defendant's response and jury selection
  • The verdict and appeals process in civil appeals
  • Alternative forms of dispute resolution
  • Constitutional requirements for a criminal trial
  • Writ of habeas corpus and reasonable doubt in criminal trials

Our instructors have designed lessons that not only offer a review of topics you studied in college, but may teach you a few new facts as well. You can complete this chapter as your schedule permits, checking out the lessons anywhere you have access to a computer or mobile device.

Objectives of the WEST Business & Marketing Education: Legal Procedures Chapter

In Washington State, passing the WEST Business and Marketing Education exam is required for certification to teach this subject. The objectives examined in this Legal Procedures chapter may be found in the test's section on business management and law, which accounts for 17% of the total score.

The WEST Business & Marketing Education exam is administered by computer, and all questions are multiple choice. The quizzes included with these lessons also are multiple choice, and give you a chance to practice answering questions on the computer. They also let you gauge your knowledge and see what might require additional review before you take the exam.

10 Lessons in Chapter 20: WEST Business & Marketing Education: Legal Procedures
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Starting a Lawsuit: Parties & Beginning Process

1. Starting a Lawsuit: Parties & Beginning Process

There are two parties to a lawsuit: the plaintiff, who initiates the lawsuit, and the defendant, who defends against the allegations waged against him. A lawsuit is a process that involves several steps beginning with the filing of a complaint and ending with a judge's or jury's decision.

Threshold Requirements: Standing, Case or Controversy & Ripeness

2. Threshold Requirements: Standing, Case or Controversy & Ripeness

Threshold requirements are conditions that a plaintiff must meet in order to take another person or entity to court. There are threshold requirements for standing, case and controversy and ripeness. With all three, the court will require answers to specific questions to determine whether legal action can be taken against a party.

Pretrial Pleadings & Service of Process in Civil Litigation

3. Pretrial Pleadings & Service of Process in Civil Litigation

Before a trial begins, there are several pleadings a plaintiff and defendant must file with the court to set a lawsuit into motion and this is known as the pretrial stage of a trial. Some common pleadings include a complaint, summons, motion to dismiss and motion for judgment.

Defendant's Response & Motions in Civil Litigation

4. Defendant's Response & Motions in Civil Litigation

Once a plaintiff initiates a civil lawsuit, the defendant must respond within a certain period of time depending on the particular state's requirements. The defendant responds by answering the complaint or filing a motion with the court.

Jury Trial and Selection in Civil Litigation

5. Jury Trial and Selection in Civil Litigation

When a civil action leads to a trial, a jury is selected. The selection process general involves the parties or attorneys for the parties to question potential jurors from a pool of jury candidates. Once a jury is selected, the jury trial moves through various steps ending in a final decision.

Delivering a Verdict in Civil Litigation

6. Delivering a Verdict in Civil Litigation

In any court case, the end result is a verdict. However, there are several roads that lead to the verdict, including motion to dismiss, directed verdict, special verdict and judgment notwithstanding the verdict.

Civil Appeals Process: Parties, Briefs & Oral Arguments

7. Civil Appeals Process: Parties, Briefs & Oral Arguments

The civil appeals process allows for a losing party to a lawsuit to request a higher court to review the decision to determine whether legal errors were made during the original trial.

Alternative Forms of Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration

8. Alternative Forms of Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration

In the eyes of the law, there are several ways a dispute can be settled. Some disputes can simply be negotiated to a win-win outcome. Others may require a third party to assist in coming up with solutions to remedy a situation.

Constitutional Requirements of a Criminal Trial

9. Constitutional Requirements of a Criminal Trial

In criminal court, a defendant will rely heavily on his constitutional rights to a fair trial. These rights, specifically the Fifth and Sixth Amendment Rights provide the requirements for a criminal trial. Some rights include right to a speedy trial, right to counsel and a right to an impartial jury. There are several other equally important rights that this important amendment protects.

Writ of Habeas Corpus & Reasonable Doubt in a Criminal Trial

10. Writ of Habeas Corpus & Reasonable Doubt in a Criminal Trial

In a last ditch effort to be free, a person in custody, after exhausting all appeals and motions, may file a writ of habeas corpus requesting further investigation of his constitutional rights in an attempt to be set free.

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