What to Expect at Your First Civil Court Hearing

If you’re considering filing a lawsuit in civil court, you may be wondering what to expect during your first hearing. There are many important aspects of a civil court hearing you should know. Listed below are the steps you should take at your first court hearing. During this stage, you may want to read up on the Status hearing, Witnesses, and Costs. Hopefully, you’ll have a better understanding of what to expect and how to handle them during the course of your case.

Status hearing

A status hearing is a meeting with the judge to discuss a case. It gives the parties involved an opportunity to present their case and argue for or against their position. The hearing is an opportunity for attorneys to explain their position and give updates to the court. While major decisions are not made at a status hearing, it is important to note that it can be used to settle a case or enter into a plea bargain. Listed below are some of the key factors to consider at a status hearing.


The parties to a civil court hearing may use interrogatories to get information from each other. Interrogatories can be served by mail or hand delivery. Electronic service is available through the Maryland Department of Electronic Commerce. When responding to interrogatories, the party making the interrogatory must clearly specify what records they wish to get and provide sufficient detail to answer the questions. Both parties are allowed to submit up to 30 written … Read the rest >>>