Q: How long do civil cases last on average?
A: that is a good question. civil cases can be for a very short period of time and can last for years depending on the complexity of the litigation. our law firm does civil litigation primarily in northwest indiana and chicago state and federal courts. our cases involve wrongful death, personal injuries, insurance litigation, buisness and professional litigation. we try to be proactive on every case. however, because of appeals, complex issues or a court with a busy docket, we have had a few cases that have lasted over 10 years. typically though 2-3 years is the norm if civil litigation is involved.
A: After a complaint is filed, the defendant has 30 days to answer in Georgia courts. A 6 month discovery period then commences. At the conclusion of this discovery period, the attorneys often agree to an additional period of time to complete any remaining discovery, to do expert depositions, medical depositions and to mediate the case.
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