R. T. "Torrey" Williams III provides consultation and representation in a variety of civil cases.
Picking the right lawyer for civil case many times will define your case. It is important that you choose an attorney who is knowledgeable yet spends your money like he would spend his own. If you are facing either the threat of a civil lawsuit or would like to bring a suit yourself, call our law firm to speak with an attorney who has experience both with bringing and defending civil cases.
In Virginia, there are two courts where you can start bring your case to be litigated; The General District Court and the Circuit Court.
The General District Courts allow for you to bring civil cases that are for $25,000.00 or less, exclusive of interest, costs, and attorney fees. The General District court is less formal and does not provide for formal discovery besides requesting documents from parties. For cost saving reasons, it is usually beneficial to bring cases in this court as it is many times cheaper to litigate in this court. If you file in the General District Court and are not satisfied with the outcome, you have a right of appeal to the Circuit Court where you are entitled to an entirely new trial on the merits. Matters commonly found in the General District Court include but are not limited to landlord tenant disputes and cases valued at under $25,000.00 relating to contract disputes, construction cases, personal injury cases, and debt collection.
The Circuit Court is the court in which civil claims valued at more than $25,000.00 must be brought. This Circuit Court is known as the court of record and is considered to be more formal. In addition to being more formal, cases brought in Circuit Court allow for more formal discovery. Discovery options available include, but are not limited to, Interrogatories, Request for Production of Documents, Request for Admissions, Depositions. Cases often found in the Circuit Court include, but are not limited to, Cases valued at over $25,000.00, Serious personal injury matters, Real Property disputes, Divorce proceedings, Serious contract disputes, and Appeals from General District Court.