Criminal and Civil Law Savannah GA
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Civil Law

Civil Law Attorney Savannah

Appellate Litigation

Civil law and appellate litigation occurs after the conclusion of litigation at the trial level.  Normally, the appeal is brought to an intermediate court.  Generally, in Georgia the Court of Appeals of Georgia hears appeals from state court trials, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit hears appeals from federal district court trials.  These intermediate courts serve as courts of review to determine whether the lower court applied the law correctly, and it will not hear new evidence.

After the intermediate court issues its decision, the matter often concludes.  However, in some instances the case will be appealed once again to the highest court in the jurisdiction.  In Georgia, this court is the Supreme Court of Georgia, and the Supreme Court of the United States hears cases appealed from federal circuit courts.

Donnie Dixon is qualified to argue before the Court of Appeals of Georgia; the Supreme Court of Georgia; the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Georgia; the Eleventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals; and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Civil Litigation

Civil litigation takes place between two sides: the side of the plaintiff and the side of the defendant.  Note that there may be one or many plaintiffs; likewise, there may be one or many defendants.  The plaintiff is trying get either damages or specific performance from the defendant.  Typically, the plaintiff and defendants are private parties, although the government may be a party on either side.

Donnie Dixon has experience in civil litigation. 

False Claims Act

The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3733, has its interesting origins in the American Civil War, when unscrupulous contractors provided both the Confederate and Union governments with supplies and equipment that were of substandard quality.  Today, the Act is generally known for imposing liability on federal contractors who defraud federal government programs.

Donnie Dixon has experience defending clients accused of violating the False Claims Act.