How Mrs. Pittard Can Try To Help You

Plaintiff & Defendant Representation

The Plaintiff is the party initiating a legal action. The Defendant is the party against whom a legal action has been filed. The Intervenor is a third party who believes that they should become involved in a case between a plaintiff and defendant, such as a grandparent seeking to help a child whose mother and father are currently involved in legal action.

If you are the plaintiff in a legal action, you are the party initiating the litigation. If you are the defendant in a legal action, you have been served with a complaint by another party.  As your attorney, Mrs. Pittard will carry out the following procedure for your case.
 
  • File a complaint with the court concerning your disputed issues
  • Serve the opposing party - Legally and officially inform them of your complaint
  • Attempt to settle the issues of the complaint through a consent order - a court document, signed by a judge when the parties agree regarding the disputed issues, enforceable by the court
  • Go to court for temporary orders when appropriate
  • Set the matter for mediation - arrange a time and date for the parties to discuss their case with a court mediator
  • Set the case for a full hearing if mediation fails
  • Prepare the final order to be entered by the judge once the hearing has reached completion

Intervenor Representation

If you are the intervenor in a legal action, you are a party that feels you have a right to be involved in a particular case or action already in progress. As your attorney, Mrs. Pittard will carry out the following procedure for your case.
 
  • File a motion to intervene in the existing legal action
  • Serve the involved parties with your motion - Legally and officially inform them of your request for intervention in the case
  • Request of the parties that you be allowed to intervene in the matter by their consent
  • Set your request before the court if the parties do not consent to your intervention
  • File a pleading with the court requesting that the court take certain actions in the case, provided that you are allowed to intervene
  • Serve the parties with your pleading - legally and officially inform them of your request to the court
  • Attempt to settle the issues of the pleading through a consent order - a court document, signed by a judge when the parties agree regarding the disputed issues, enforceable by the court
  • Go to court for temporary orders when appropriate
  • Set the matter for mediation - arrange a time and date for the parties to discuss their case with a court mediator
  • Set the case for a full hearing if mediation fails
  • Prepare the final order to be entered by the judge once the hearing has reached completion

Johnston County Domestic Court is held each day during the business week. Typically, shorter matters are heard on Mondays, while the rest of the week is devoted to cases which are expected to take more than two hours each.