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Understanding Litigation in South Africa


Litigation is the process of taking a civil lawsuit to court. A litigation attorney is appointed to assist and resolve the matter. This means, in most cases, taking the matter to court, and the litigation attorney will defend his client in court. it can be noted that one does not have to be represented by a litigation attorney.

Whether or not legally represented, your right to a fair trial includes the right to be heard in a court. However, representing one’s self is not recommended. Litigation can get complicated. The most common areas of civil practice and the need for a litigation attorney, or litigation attorney South Africa, include disputes relating to property; such as rent in arrears and evictions, disputes relating to contracts; such as breach of contracts, and disputes relating to damage; such as motor vehicle accidents and injury, for example. A civil dispute is usually divided into three stages. Pre-litigation; which is the process of initial enquiries. Litigation; which, once the pre-litigation process has been completed, the formal litigation process begins. This stage involves several steps, including the trail or hearing. Finally, post-litigation; which is the process of enforcement and costs. A litigation attorney endures a four to five years education period, and can best assist on civil matters.

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