The person who is starting the claim is called the plaintiff. The person being sued is known as the defendant. Both plaintiff and the defendant will have the opportunity to speak to the court and present their case.
Most trials proceed like this:
To meet the burden of proof, present more quality evidence to the court than the other party. The magistrate can ask questions to the plaintiff, defendant or witnesses at any time. It is important during questioning to remain polite. Do not interrupt or argue. Learn more about your rights and responsibilities in court.
NOTE: A person representing a corporation or a limited liability company without a lawyer may not ask questions of any witnesses.
Once all documents and all testimony have been submitted, the magistrate will state that the case is “submitted”. The magistrate will provide a decision orally in court or you will receive a written decision in the mail. For more information, see Judgments.