If you are served with a Civil Claim or a Statement of Claim, or if you are facing an issue involving a breach of contract, commercial litigation, a property dispute or you are a contractor who has not been paid for the work you have performed, GSD Law Group has the knowledge and experience to help you with all your civil disputes. At GSD Law Group we are committed to using the alternative dispute resolution methods for a timely and cost-effective resolution of all your disputes. We make our best efforts to solve all your problems through mediation, negotiation, settlement and arbitration.

GSD Civil Litigation Services:

  • Contractual Disputes
  • Debt Collection
  • Property Disputes
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Civil lawsuits typically touch on issues involving breach of contract, commercial litigation, debt collection, property dispute, or perhaps a contractor who has not been paid for the work completed.
If you are served with a Statement of Claim or are contemplating filing a civil action, please make it a point to talk to GSD Law Group before you take any further action.

Steps in Civil Litigation

There are 5 main steps in any given civil lawsuit.

  • As a preliminary step, you may want to get the best advice on what kind of claim you can file in court or whether you even have a claim at all. Similarly, you may need advice on the kind of defence you can file or whether the best strategy should be negotiation and settlement. Do not panic or rush to court until you have spoken to a member of our fantastic team.
  • After that preliminary advice, you may then be advised to file your complaint in court. The complaint in a civil process and the type of statements or counter statements that could be filed to explain your case is known in law as pleadings. Pleadings should best be filed by experts like the team at GSD Law Group who are well versed in the applicable rules governing that process.
  • Discovery. This refers to the formal process the parties to a lawsuit go through to exchange documents about the witnesses and evidence they will present at the trial. This furnishes the parties with information about evidence the other side intends to rely on to prove their case in court.At this stage, depositions or sworn out of court oral testimonies may be needed. If this is required, GSD Law Group will help you navigate through this process.
  • Trial. At this stage, the parties are required to present the facts of the case to the court. This is a structured process with rules of court and laws stipulating what kind of evidence is acceptable.There are boundaries both parties cannot cross when it comes to cross-examination and when these boundaries are not adhered to, the evidence, even though relevant, may be excluded by the court. You need astute lawyers like our team at GSD Law Group to raise these challenges timeously, else the opportunity to do so may be permanently lost!
  • The Verdict. During civil cases sometimes tried with a jury, the jury ultimately determines who gets to win or lose and any resulting liability or damages. The jury in such instances determines the relevant facts and law before reaching a final verdict.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Most cases are settled before they reach trial. Under Canadian law, both the parties and the court system are encouraged to explore settlement options.
At GSD Law Group, we are committed to exploring all alternative dispute resolution methods for a timely and cost-effective resolution of all your disputes. We make our best efforts to solve all your problems through mediation, negotiation, settlement and arbitration.
At GSD Law Group, we have experienced litigators who will guide you seamlessly through this process and who know how to assist you package your story in the best possible way to any jury or judge. We have you covered!

Disclaimer: Any advice or views on this website is meant for guidance and not to offer legal advice or create any lawyer-client relationship.

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