Perform organizational work to prepare cases for trial.
What does a Civil Litigation Paralegal do?
Throughout the legal community, the Paralegal is credited for performing most of the research, interviewing, fact finding, and paperwork involved in trial cases. In short, they provide the framework that holds up the entire case. A Civil Litigation Paralegal’s focus is on cases that are headed to trial. These cases involve mental or physical injury to individuals or groups of individuals.
For a Civil Litigation Paralegal, the process starts well before the case enters the courtroom. If you’re a Civil Litigation Paralegal, you interview clients and potential witnesses, formulate questionnaires, and file preliminary documents. You also locate, organize, and carefully document evidence. This means that if a recorded phone message, handwritten note, or police report is needed, you’re the one who retrieves it.
Once the case gets to court, you keep the mountain of paperwork organized, provide documents upon request, record and keep track of additional pieces of evidence, and ensure the accuracy of all the facts presented in the courtroom.
Because organization is such a huge part of your job, you are also responsible for scheduling appointments for interviews, meetings, and phone conferences. You correspond with representatives of the court, including the Judge and jury, witnesses, opposing Counsel, Police Officers, members of the community, and other staff within your office. You make sure everything is in order, within schedule, and presented accurately.
As if that wasn’t enough, you also serve as an assistant to the Lawyer, making sure they’re aware of court dates and deadlines. You also schedule transportation and accommodations for witnesses or jury members attending from out of town.