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Matthew Bender (R) Practice Guide: California Pretrial Civil Procedure
Kiesel, Lichtman, Matthai, Seabolt
Copyright 2017, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group.

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Litigation Milestone Checklists


Paul R. Kiesel;Peter D. Lichtman;Edith R. Matthai;Richard L. Seabolt

Chapter Summary


From the moment a party commences or defends a civil action, the California Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as the court system, impose various procedural deadlines. Missing an important deadline or procedure potentially leads to a serious penalty for the offending party.

This chapter outlines procedures, in the form of checklists, that a plaintiff or defendant should follow in the pretrial phases of a general civil action. However, counsel should always check local rules to determine whether a different procedure applies in a particular situation. The checklists outline the steps for filing or responding to a lawsuit, as well as the steps to be taken during the pretrial phase.

Matthew Bender(R) Practice Guide: California Pretrial Civil Procedure (Matthew Bender) covers all of the major pretrial procedures for a civil case, from the initial client interview and identification of parties, to preparing a complaint and filing responses, to ending the case before trial. This publication also provides guidance for finding pertinent online information, cross-references to additional relevant content, and forms. The numerous practice tips, searches and checklists will help the attorney keep track of important procedures or deadlines.


California pretrial civil procedure,California Rules of Civil Procedure


For further discussion on topics related to filing/responding to lawsuits, or pretrial procedures, see Ch. 2 Client Interview; Ch. 4, Limitation of Actions; Ch. 5, Parties; Ch. 6, Determining Forum; Ch. 7, Complaints; Ch. 8, Service of Summons; Ch. 14, Answers; Ch. 23, Case Management; Ch. 24, Pretrial ADR; Ch. 26, Law and Motion Procedure; and Ch. 38, Summary Judgment.


For a list of litigation milestone checklists for a federal civil action, see Matthew Bender(R) Practice Guide: Federal Pretrial Civil Procedure in California, Ch. 1, Litigation Milestone Checklists (Matthew Bender).

See California Pleading & Practice (Matthew Bender) for detailed analysis on all aspects of procedure in civil actions and proceedings from pleadings to appeal, along with timesaving forms, checklists and research guides.

See California Points and Authorities (Matthew Bender) for extensive forms that combine succinct arguments of the law with accurate summaries of supporting statutes, cases and rules.

See Matthew Bender(R) Practice Guide: California Civil Discovery (Matthew Bender) for expert guidance on handling discovery requests and responses, including: interrogatories, requests for admissions, requests for inspection of documents or things, depositions, physical and mental examinations, and exchange of expert information.

See California Trial Guide (Matthew Bender) for substantive and procedural guidance to the evidentiary issues encountered throughout the trial process, including alternative actions before and during trial; jury selection; and motions and objections relating to direct and cross-examination.
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