Civil Court

Civil Cases Defined
Civil cases are usually disputes between private citizens, corporations, governmental bodies or other organizations. Examples are:
  • Actions arising from landlord and tenant disputes
  • Adoptions
  • Breach of warranty on consumer goods
  • Contract disputes
  • Guardianships
  • Marriage dissolutions (divorce)
  • Personal injuries
  • Probates
  • Professional liability suits 
Making Decisions
Decisions are based upon a preponderance of evidence. The party suing (plaintiff) must prove his or her case by presenting evidence that is more persuading to the trier of fact (judge or jury) than the opposing evidence.  There are special court procedures for the protection of persons threatened by harassment and domestic violence. Persons may request protection orders through documents available at their county clerk's office.

Additional Notes
On the day of the trial report to your assigned courtroom. If the assigned judge is not available on the day of the trial, find out what to do by reading about our civil court procedures. You can also read our protocols for the presentation of less restrictive alternative orders to find out more about court proceedings.

For More Information

For more information, contact the Superior Court via email.