Where to File Your Claim or Lawsuit?

So you’ve got a case to file in court. Immediately, you have questions: Where should your case be decided? And who should decide it — a judge or a jury? Should you file your complaint in state or federal court? Is it a smaller claim that would be properly filed with the county magistrate’s court? And do you actually get to decide?  

The answer to all of these questions is: It depends. There’s a lot to consider when figuring out where and how to file a lawsuit. And almost always it will be helpful to consult a lawyer early on for strategic advice on how to proceed in a way that will benefit you most. 

This article will walk you through some court system basics that are helpful for anyone to know.