Not all cases have to go through litigation, or even merit being escalated that far. Many cases can be resolved through out-of-court processes, like mediation, a settlement, or collaborative law.
This varies widely; some lawsuits can be resolved quickly, whereas others may take years to conclude. Each litigation case is unique and is determined by the complexity of the legal issues and facts, and the volume of cases being handled by the court.
In Florida, if you are served with a lawsuit, you must file a responsive pleading with the court within a certain period of time. If you are being sued we recommend immediately seeking legal counsel.
The mediator has no power to impose a resolution, other than the power of persuasion. Unlike mediation, the decision of the arbitration usually binds the parties.
Mediation is a cooperative process and uses a neutral third-party mediator to facilitate discussion in order to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution. Arbitration employs a different neutral third-party arbitrator to listen to both sides and make a decision.
Going to court is a lengthy and expensive process. Avenues such as mediation or a simple settlement between opposing parties and their attorneys can oftentimes resolve the dispute before significant time and expenses are incurred.
Litigation refers to a case that is resolved through the use of the court process system.