Will you have to testify at trial if you file a lawsuit?

Will You Have to Testify at Trial if You File a Lawsuit?

Hi, I’m Frank Nunes. I’m a California personal injury trial attorney, practicing in the State of California. Join me as we answer this question for you. Most people want to know immediately after a lawsuit is filed, “Will I have to testify in court?” Well, you’re going to get a notice of the trial date, and in my experience, that notice is so far out, that gives you plenty of opportunities to resolve the case, to let the other side know what the case is about, and in fact, to avoid the possibility of trial, if the two parties can reach a resolution.

Now, whether the case reaches a resolution, usually depends on the amount of the offer or the amount of the demand. Some cases settle on the courthouse steps, some cases settle as the jury is being impaneled, and other cases settle right after a lawsuit is filed. The closer it settles to after it is filed, the less likely you are to have to go to trial. Very few cases go to trial in my experience, less than one in a thousand, but a trial is necessary at times, and if you have to go, your attorney will guide you and help you be present at trial. Most cases today are resolved through some sort of alternative dispute resolution like mediation or arbitration, which we can cover in another video. But for now, that’s the short answer on whether you’ll have to go to trial.

So why am I telling you this? Well, you may be in a situation where you find that you might have to testify at trial. And by the way, if you found today’s video useful, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Why? So you can continue to get fresh new content every time we post another great educational video. And if you have questions, I want you to pick up the phone and call me. I answer questions like this every day. You can reach me at (559) 436-0850. I’m Frank Nunes, and thanks for watching.


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