A Civil Litigation Lawyer Can Help You in Your Lawsuit:

We have expertise in resolving non-family law civil litigation. Pax Law’s team and civil litigation lawyer will work diligently to get you the best possible outcome for your case.

You deserve to have your voice heard and our team is here to make sure that happens. We understand the stress and uncertainty that comes with legal proceedings and we want to alleviate that for you. Let us help you get through this difficult time.

If you are in dispute with an individual or organization and thinking about taking legal action, it is essential to have the support of an experienced civil lawyer like those at Pax Law.

There are several avenues available to resolve a civil dispute, depending on the monetary value of the claim. Claims between $5,001 – $35,000 will be heard in Small Claims Court, while those exceeding $35,000 are in the jurisdiction of BC Supreme Court. In some cases, the claim may be settled outside of the court, through mediation, or arbitration.

It is important to make a fully informed decision on the most suitable approach, and our civil lawyers will guide you through that process. We will help you understand your options, both regarding your chances of success and the costs involved – including the funding arrangements available – and tailor a plan to address your specific needs.

Disputes that can result in civil litigation are as follows:

  • Negligence of a professional which causes a loss
  • Contested estates and wills variation claims
  • Construction business disputes (including builder’s liens)
  • Enforcement of judgments and debt collection
  • Breach of contract and other contract disputes
  • Suffering an attack on your reputation (slander or defamation)
  • Fraud causing monetary loss
  • Employment disputes, including unjust dismissal and constructive dismissal

Such actions may entitle you to claim the following remedies:

  • Declaratory relief to affirm rights, duties, or obligations
  • Obtain an injunction to either prevent or require a person to perform an action
  • Compensation to recover losses

FAQ

What does a civil litigation lawyer do?

A civil litigation lawyer represents clients in court disputes before various tribunals, mediations and arbitrations, or negotiations to resolve legal disputes. A civil litigation lawyer can also research your legal issue and explain the strength and weaknesses of your legal case and what options you have to resolve your problem.

What is civil litigation in BC?

Civil litigation is the process of resolving private disputes (disputes between individuals and companies) in court or through arbitration.

What type of cases are best suited for litigation?

Litigation is a very expensive process. You should consider litigation when your dispute involves a substantial amount of money.

What are the four types of civil law?

Nominally, the four types of civil law are tort law, family law, contract law, and property law. However, these areas of law are not quite as separate as this categorization makes them sound. Instead, they are all related to each other, and a single legal problem may have aspects of all four disputes involved in it.

What is the difference between a lawyer and a litigator?

A litigator is a lawyer who has the knowledge, experience, and ability to represent a client in court.

Is dispute resolution the same as litigation?

Litigation is one method of dispute resolution. In short, litigation is the process of starting court proceedings and going through those court proceedings to have a judge make decisions about the dispute.

 How do I start a civil lawsuit in BC?

In the small claims court, you start a civil lawsuit by filing a notice of claim at the court registry. In the Supreme Court, you start a lawsuit by filing a notice of civil claim. However, drafting and preparing court documents is not easy, simple, or quick. You will need to do substantial research into your legal problem to prepare thorough court documents and have a good chance of success.

Do most civil cases go to court?

No, and even most cases that lead to a court action will not end up in trial. It is estimated that 80 – 90% of civil cases settle out of court.

What are the stages of a civil case?

In general, there are the following stages to a civil case:

1) Pleadings stage: where parties file their initial claim, any counterclaims, and any responses.

2) Discovery stage: where the parties gather information about their own case to disclose it to the other party and receive information about the other party’s case.

3) Negotiation stage: where the parties engage in pre-trial negotiation to resolve the issue and save on legal costs. 

4) Trial Preparation: where the parties prepare themselves for trial by gathering documents, preparing witnesses, instructing experts, doing legal research, and so on.

5) Trial: where the parties present their cases to a judge and then wait for the judge’s decision.