What is a Civil Action Suit?

By on January 11, 2013

A civil action lawsuit is a kind of legal proceeding that does not violate any criminal laws and is filed by an individual or an organization that has been harmed.   The complaint is generally filed in judicial district court that has jurisdiction to examine the allegations.   In the majority of civil actions, a plaintiff seeks an equitable resolution, however a civil action may also be filed to implement or defend a legal statute.  Examples of civil actions include personal injury, family law, civil rights, and breach of contract.

A civil action is normally filed for the intention of determining private legal disputes which can arise between two or more parties.  In some instances, a plaintiff can seek the assistance of the government if the plaintiff believes that a federal or state official has violated a law.