Civil law is one of those subjects many people don’t know much about (no, watching those court TV shows is no substitute for actually learning what civil law is), and yet it affects them every day. If you’re ever involved in litigation, you may need to hire a civil lawyer.
What Is Civil Law Anyway?
Civil law deals with dispute resolution. This covers a broad range of specific areas, and civil lawyers (a.k.a. litigants) generally specialize in one or two practices. A civil defense attorney can be found in the courtroom representing a defendant in a medical malpractice suit and the next day they might deal with a dispute concerning environmental law.
Think of it this way: Many centuries ago, you might have witnessed two champions, each selected by someone involved in a dispute, fighting each other. The champion who won the fight essentially won the dispute for the person who hired them. These champions, assuming they survived, might have gone on to work for another person who had an entirely different dispute to settle.
Today’s litigants act in a very similar capacity, but without the literal