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Many courts separate complex civil litigation from civil litigation because of the nature of complex civil litigation cases. Often, a complex civil litigation case has numerous parties (plaintiffs and/or defendants), or it has extensive documentation because of the type of matter being litigated. Some courts also deem complex civil litigation to be cases involving more than a certain amount of money being claimed.
The complex civil litigation process is the same as the civil litigation process in that the plaintiff(s) file a complaint, the defendant(s) file responsive pleadings, and the discovery process and settlement negotiations between the parties start.
Depending on how many judges in a district, along with how many civil litigation cases are filed during a year's time, a court may assign one or more judges to handle only complex civil litigation cases. If a civil litigation case goes to trial, the trial may take anywhere from a day to more than a week to complete, because of the extensive amount of documents (paper and electronic) provided during the discovery process.