How long will my case take?

The length of time it will take to resolve a legal conflict is one of the most common questions that is asked by everyone. Frankly, nobody can give an accurate answer on how long a case will take-- not even the judge himself/herself. This is true because every legal proceeding is different from each other. Therefore, the time it takes to resolve it also varies a lot. Here are some of the instances that will affect the length of time it takes to resolve a legal conflict:


1. Nature of the case

Is your case criminal? administrative? civil? or labor? Different cases have different procedures and therefore there it varies. Furthermore, adversarial cases take a longer time that non-adversarial ones.


2. Number of cases in the dockets of the court where the case is tried

Of course, the more cases there are in a court, the longer time it takes to resolve all of them. Presently, the schedule of courts are booked for the next two months and therefore, like anybody else, you have to fall in line.


3. Availability of witnesses and evidence

The availability of witnesses and evidences also is a factor. If they are not readily available and therefore it will take time waiting until they are.


4. Force majeur

Typhoons and other natural disasters cancel proceedings and therefore will cause the re-scheduling of the trial.


5. Unavoidable circumstances that cause absence of parties, the judge or counsels

Absence of the necessary people in the trial will not excuse only the person affected but also the proceedings.


These are just some of the instances that will definitely affect the length of time it will take to resolve legal conflicts. Of course, there are a lot more.


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