Judicial Branch

Chapter 3
What Happens Before Trial  

Before you walk into your courtroom, you’d better know what the trial’s going to be about.

That means you need to read all the paperwork the two sides gave the court—starting with the complaint.

The complaint is where one person explains why they’re coming to court by writing down everthing they think the other person did wrong. Then you’ll read the answer.

That’s where the other person gets to write down their side of the story and respond to everything they’ve been accused of.

After the answer, there’s… Well, let’s just say most cases have a lot of files of paperwork. Looking through these files gives you an advantage because you already know what both sides are going to tell you before they ever step foot in your courtroom.