What Is Civil Litigation?

Covering a wide-range of Civil Trial Litigation services for you and your business

Tyler Moore represents both plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of litigation from pre-trial practice through jury trial in both State and Federal courts.

His vast experience extends to oil and gas litigation, collections, contracts, real estate litigation, banking and finance, business disputes, ad valorem tax cases, post-judgment remedies, usury, and personal injury.

Tyler has been re-certified as a Civil Trial Law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization every 5 years since 1989.

Tyler Moore will handle your case ethically, efficiently and drive a clear path to your desired outcome. Please contact Tyler Moore today for your civil trial questions.

What is Civil Litigation?

Litigation in Texas generally falls into three categories: Civil, Family, and Criminal.

In criminal litigation, the parties are the "State" or "government" and the accused, the "defendant". Criminal litigation is commenced by the prosecutor, usually a district attorney, filing a complaint with the clerk of the court or by a grand jury indictment. Both a complaint and an indictment accuse a defendant of the commission of a crime, an wrongful act defined by statute which is punishable by fine, imprisonment or both. Criminal acts are statutory. To be punished by fine or imprisonment, they must be defined by statute as "crimes".

Family litigation deals with the application of statutory and case law to family relationships. The parties here are generally persons involved in a family relationship with other persons. Occasionally, a state agency, such as the Child Protective Services can get involved as a party in family litigation. Family litigation involves issues such as divorces, child custody, child support issues, property divisions, adoptions, termination of parent-child relationships, and believe it or not, juvenile criminal offenses. Oftentimes, if one spouse commits a civil wrong against the other spouse, that suit is part of a divorce.

Civil litigation generally involves disputes arising out of contracts or torts. The parties are the "plaintiff" who brings the suit and the defendant, who answers the suit. A "tort" is not a desert. It is a civil wrong for which the law allows the imposition of damages. Torts may be intentional such as the tort of assault, false imprisonment, trespass, unfair business practices, fraud, and such. Torts may also arise from negligence, which is generally failing to do what a reasonably prudent person would have done under same or similar circumstances. Think car wrecks, oil spills, and the like. Contractual disputes may involve oral or written contracts, such as breach of contract, failure to perform a contractual obligation, debt collection, breach of leases, breach of written warranties. Generally the remedy for civil litigation is the payment of some sum of money to compensate the injured party for the damages sustained.

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