Civil procedure is generally defined as the body of law that sets out the standards and/or rules that courts must follow when adjudicating a civil lawsuit. This only refers to civil trials, and does not apply to criminal law. Basically, these are the rules that govern:
If you compare it to a sport, like baseball, the rules of the game are essentially the same as civil procedure. As in sports, there are repercussions for not following the rules. These include reprimands, and/or getting a case thrown out.
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