Jurisdiction, Venue and statute of Limitations determine which CIVIL court
Where and when to file your lawsuit is essential to the success of your legal dispute. It’s like finding a home for your lawsuit, a place where it will be recognized and where you will find resolution, whether in the form of a settlement or a judgment against your adversary. You can’t just file your lawsuit anywhere that is convenient for you or whenever it strikes your fancy. Jurisdiction, venue and the statute of limitations determine the home for your lawsuit.
These laws dictate exactly where (in which state, county and court within that county) your case belongs and exactly how long you have to file your case before its timeframe expires. Follow these steps and you will know exactly where and when to file your lawsuit.
If You Haven’t Done So, Work Your Way Through Lawsuit Analyzer©.
Lawsuit Analyzer© evaluates your dispute and identifies the Forum and the state it will be heard in. If you decide to proceed with your case, you still have to determine exactly where in that state and when to file your lawsuit, which brings you to Step 2.
Jurisdiction and Venue laws determine where you file your lawsuit. Statute of Limitations laws determines when you must file your lawsuit.
We’ve taken those complicated laws and created a simple 10-step module that will answer these questions. Go to our Where and When to file your Lawsuit Coach to find a home for your legal case as you answer these questions.
Step 1: How much are your Recoverable Damages?
Step 2: Does your lawsuit belong in state or federal court?
Step 3: Which state and which county in that state has Jurisdiction over your case?
Step 4: Which civil court has Jurisdiction over your case?
Step 5: Which location in your county will you file your case in?
Step 6: Search the internet for your (state) Statute of Limitations, i.e.., CA Statute of Limitations.
Step 7: Identify the case type that relates to your dispute.
Step 8: Measure the timeframe that fits your case type.
Step 9: Consult with the self-help center for your court or with an attorney.
Step 10: If your case is ripe, meaning the Statute of Limitations timeframe has not expired, work your case through Lawsuit Analyzer©; if you have not already.