Legal Support for Civil and Criminal Litigation in Gibraltar

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Litigation is a legal process involving the resolution of disputes through the court system. In Gibraltar, civil and criminal litigation encompasses a wide range of legal matters, from personal disputes to serious criminal charges. It is crucial to understand the distinctions between civil and criminal cases and the legal processes involved in each.

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Civil and Criminal Litigation

by | Aug 21, 2023 | Civil & Criminal Litigation, Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation

Understanding Civil vs. Criminal Litigation: A Guide by Strait Law Gibraltar

In the realm of legal proceedings, the distinction between civil and criminal litigation is fundamental. Both play crucial roles in the justice system, yet they serve different purposes and follow distinct procedures. This guide, presented by Strait Law Gibraltar, aims to elucidate the primary differences between the two, ensuring that individuals and businesses in Gibraltar have a clear understanding of what each entails.

Nature and Purpose

Civil Litigation

This pertains to disputes between individuals or entities where one party seeks compensation, usually in the form of monetary damages, from another. The purpose is to resolve non-criminal disputes and ensure that aggrieved parties receive appropriate redress. Common examples include breach of contract, property disputes, and personal injury claims.

Criminal Litigation

This involves the state prosecuting an individual or entity for an act deemed harmful to society. The primary aim is to determine guilt and administer appropriate punishment, which can range from fines to imprisonment. Examples include theft, assault, and fraud.

Parties Involved

Civil Litigation

The aggrieved party, known as the claimant or plaintiff, initiates the lawsuit against the defendant. Both parties are private entities.

Criminal Litigation

The state, represented by the Crown Prosecution Service in Gibraltar, brings the case against the accused or defendant. The state acts on behalf of the public interest.

Burden of Proof

Civil Litigation

The burden of proof is on the claimant, who must demonstrate their case on the ‘balance of probabilities’. This means that it’s more likely than not that their claim is valid.

**Criminal Litigation:** The burden rests with the prosecution, which must prove the defendant’s guilt ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’. This is a higher standard, ensuring that there’s a minimal chance the accused is wrongfully convicted.

Outcomes

Civil Litigation

If the defendant is found liable, they may be ordered to pay damages, issue an apology, or take a specific action, like honouring a contract.

Criminal Litigation

A guilty verdict can result in a range of penalties, from community service and fines to imprisonment. The severity depends on the nature of the crime and its impact on society.

Right to Representation

In both civil and criminal litigation in Gibraltar, parties have the right to legal representation. However, while legal aid might be available for certain criminal cases, it’s less common in civil disputes.

 

Understanding the distinction between civil and criminal litigation is essential for anyone navigating the legal landscape in Gibraltar. Whether you’re a business owner, an individual seeking redress, or someone facing criminal charges, knowing the nuances can significantly impact your approach and outcomes. At Strait Law Gibraltar, we pride ourselves on offering expert guidance in both areas, ensuring that our clients are well informed and adequately represented.

For further information or legal assistance, please get in touch with Strait Law Gibraltar. Our team of experienced solicitors and barristers is here to assist you every step of the way.